electrify

verb
elec·​tri·​fy | \ i-ˈlek-trə-ˌfī How to pronounce electrify (audio) , ē-\
electrified; electrifying

Definition of electrify

transitive verb

1a : to charge with electricity
b(1) : to equip for use of electric power
(2) : to supply with electric power
(3) : to amplify (music) electronically
2 : to excite intensely or suddenly the news electrified the nation

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Examples of electrify in a Sentence

Many of the rural areas still aren't electrified. The news electrified the nation.

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But for those who dream of electrified flying taxis of the future, having a better battery than the Li-Ion is a welcome development. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "New Lithium Metal Batteries Can Power Drones for Longer (and It Could Change Everything)," 16 Apr. 2019 The Italian Elvis crooned and grooved on stage, electrifying the dance floor for young and old alike. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "When Royalty Mingled With an Italian Elvis: Inside Bal de la Rose, Monaco’s Most Glamorous Night," 4 Apr. 2019 Volkswagen expects to spend more than €30 billion on electrifying its lineup by 2023—much of it on a dedicated manufacturing platform. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Volkswagen’s Costly Bet on Electric Cars," 12 Mar. 2019 Everything will come to light by the end of the month when two major events electrify the cosmos. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What October's Leo Horoscope Means for You," 30 Sep. 2018 The White River and canal certainly is not know for its pristine blue waters, but once a year the Indianapolis waterway electrifies a shade of bright green. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Why you don't need to worry about the dyes used to turn canal green for St. Patrick's Day," 16 Mar. 2018 And second, the carbon-intensity number for A2F represents a process that has been largely electrified, which is the company’s goal. David Roberts, Vox, "Sucking carbon out of the air won’t solve climate change," 14 June 2018 Beyond those already mentioned, electrifying the energy used by buildings and transportation with those wind turbines would add considerably to the climate benefit. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Wind power makes the ground warmer even as it cools the planet," 7 Oct. 2018 As both companies are working to offset carbon emissions and electrify their fleets, Uber and Lyft could pass the challenge along to users, presenting you with your own emissions allotment goals for the week. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The problem with turning urban challenges into games," 20 July 2018

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First Known Use of electrify

1745, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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electrify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of electrify

: to pass electricity through (something)
: to supply (an area, building, etc.) with electric power
: to cause (someone) to feel great excitement

electrify

verb
elec·​tri·​fy | \ i-ˈlek-trə-ˌfī How to pronounce electrify (audio) \
electrified; electrifying

Kids Definition of electrify

1 : to charge with electricity an electrified fence
2 : to equip for use of or supply with electric power Remote regions are still not electrified.
3 : thrill entry 1 Her performance electrified the audience.

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