Word of the Day: Paralyze

/ˈperəˌlīz/, verb:

1. to make (someone or something) unable to function, act, or move

Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” Bernice Johnson Reagon

2. to render powerless or cripple, especially through panic or fear

Don’t let your fear paralyze you. Prepare yourself not only technically, but also emotionally.” Bob Weinstein

3. to bring (a system, place, or organization) to a standstill by causing disruption or chaos

In fact, even the perception of a resurgence in crime can be enough to paralyze business momentum and destroy the sense of security that a vibrant and progressive city requires.” Alan Autry