galvanize


gal·va·nize

verb \ˈgal-və-ˌnīz\

: 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

gal·va·nizedgal·va·niz·ing

Full Definition of GALVANIZE

transitive verb
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>
2
:  to coat (iron or steel) with zinc; especially :  to immerse in molten zinc to produce a coating of zinc-iron alloy
intransitive verb
:  to react as if stimulated by an electric shock <they galvanized into action>
gal·va·ni·za·tion \ˌgal-və-nə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
gal·va·niz·er \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

First Known Use of GALVANIZE

1802

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gal·va·nize

transitive verb    (Medical Dictionary)
gal·va·nized or British gal·va·nisedgal·va·niz·ing or British gal·va·nis·ing

Medical Definition of GALVANIZE

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

Variants of GALVANIZE

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

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