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galvanize

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verb gal·va·nize \ˈgal-və-ˌnīz\

Simple Definition of galvanize

  • : to cause (people) to become so excited or concerned about an issue, idea, etc., that they want to do something about it

  • : to cause (a force that is capable of causing change) to become active

  • : to cover (steel or iron) with a layer of zinc to prevent it from rusting

Full Definition of galvanize

gal·va·nizedgal·va·niz·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to subject to the action of an electric current especially for the purpose of stimulating physiologically <galvanize a muscle> b :  to stimulate or excite as if by an electric shock <an issue that would galvanize public opinion>

  3. 2 :  to coat (iron or steel) with zinc; especially :  to immerse in molten zinc to produce a coating of zinc-iron alloy

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to react as if stimulated by an electric shock <they galvanized into action>

gal·va·ni·za·tion play \ˌgal-və-nə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
gal·va·niz·er play \ˈgal-və-ˌnī-zər\ noun

Examples of galvanize

  1. The group is hoping to galvanize public opinion against the proposed law.

  2. The Web site has galvanized support for the project.

  3. a factory where steel is galvanized



1802

First Known Use of galvanize

1802

Rhymes with galvanize

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Medical Dictionary

galvanize

transitive verb gal·va·nize

Medical Definition of galvanize

gal·va·nized or British gal·va·nisedgal·va·niz·ing or British gal·va·nis·ing

  1. :  to subject to the action of an electric current especially for the purpose of stimulating physiologically <galvanize a muscle>



Variants of galvanize

or British gal·va·nise \ˈgal-və-ˌnīz\play


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