Share this entry

American English: /ˈpɛrəˌlaɪz/
British English: /ˈparəlʌɪz/

transitive verb

  • (British English) paralyze
    Example sentences
    • But, together, the anesthetic paralyzes the body and lets the poison reek havoc.
    • A stroke may have paralysed her body but Kate Thomas's mind is still ticking.
    • Kim previously worked as a taxi driver until 2001 when he was partially paralysed by a stroke.

Definition of paralyse in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources


    Next Score:
    Word of the day haughty
    Pronunciation: ˈhɔːti
    arrogantly superior and disdainful
    Cultural fact of the day


    Carnaval is the three days of festivities preceding Lent, characterized by costumes, masks, drinking, music, and dancing. Spain's most colorful carnival is in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, and Cadiz's carnival is also famous. In Spanish-speaking Latin America, the carnivals of Uruguay, Bolivia, and Venezuela are very well known.