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Definition of paralyze verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they paralyze he / she / it paralyzes past simple paralyzed -ing form paralyzing
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  1. 1paralyze somebody to make someone unable to feel or move all or part of their body The accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. (figurative) paralyzing heat (figurative) She stood there, paralyzed with fear.
  2. 2paralyze something to prevent something from functioning normally The airport is still paralyzed by the strike.