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.
Recent Examples on the Web Along with Representative Andy Levin and Senator Elizabeth Warren, Ocasio-Cortez also recently announced a $500 billion plan to electrify public transit. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Are Climate Progressives Organized Enough to Force Biden’s Hand?," 29 Mar. 2021 The agencies also suggest that in addition to greening its electricity grid, California will have to expand it substantially, by roughly 3 times, to meet growing demand for power as sectors such as transportation and buildings electrify. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "California power projections underscore difficulty of Biden climate targets," 17 Mar. 2021 Compounding this, electricity likely will be even more important in coming years amid a push to electrify cars and homes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, "Meteorological Spring Begins. 50s by Saturday?," 28 Feb. 2021 The second would be to electrify as many cars, space heaters, water heaters and cooktops as is practical, using renewable sources. Michael E. Webber, Scientific American, "Can Natural Gas Be Part of a Low-Carbon Future?," 15 Mar. 2021 Highland Electric will also electrify all five of the MCPS bus depots and supply all the charging infrastructure, with the goal of purchasing 100% renewable energy to power them over time. Leighton Schneider, ABC News, "Maryland school district replacing diesel school buses with electric," 7 Mar. 2021 As Amanda Myers asserts in her September 2020 Forbes article, to electrify transportation at scale and meet the country's decarbonization goals, the EV industry must solve charging access problems for multifamily housing dwellers. Jordan Ramer, Forbes, "Bringing Electric Vehicle Charging To Multifamily Housing," 25 Feb. 2021 Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told lawmakers last week the USPS only had the funds to electrify 10% of its next-generation vehicles. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Murkowski demonstrates influence in advancing Haaland nomination," 4 Mar. 2021 For now, Pioneer is working to electrify drilling rigs and fracking equipment and has cut emissions from the burning or venting of natural gas, Mr. Sheffield said. Collin Eaton, WSJ, "Houston’s Big Oil Conference Goes Green as Energy Transition Accelerates," 2 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of electrify

1745, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Electrify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electrify. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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


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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