Definition of paralyse verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    paralyse

     verb
    (British English)(North American English paralyze)verb
    BrE BrE//ˈpærəlaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpærəlaɪz//
     
    [often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they paralyse
    BrE BrE//ˈpærəlaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpærəlaɪz//
     
    he / she / it paralyses
    BrE BrE//ˈpærəlaɪzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpærəlaɪzɪz//
     
    past simple paralysed
    BrE BrE//ˈpærəlaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpærəlaɪzd//
     
    past participle paralysed
    BrE BrE//ˈpærəlaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpærəlaɪzd//
     
    -ing form paralysing
    BrE BrE//ˈpærəlaɪzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpærəlaɪzɪŋ//
     
    Injuries
     
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  1. 1paralyse somebody to make somebody unable to feel or move all or part of their body The accident left him paralysed from the waist down. (figurative) paralysing heat (figurative) She stood there, paralysed with fear. See related entries: Injuries
  2. 2paralyse something to prevent something from functioning normally The airport is still paralysed by the strike.
  3. Word Origin early 19th cent.: from French paralyser, from paralysie ‘paralysis’.Extra examples He was partially paralysed by the fall. The accident left her paralysed. The accident left him paralysed from the waist down.