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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Wendy Carlos used her virtuosity and open mindedness to take classical tropes, electrify them and have them represent violence,horror and mental and societal illness. Nick Williams, Billboard, "Listen to Xiu Xiu's Summer of Pride Playlist for the 'Introverted & Unsocial'," 24 June 2019 Working with China’s largest ride-hailing firm makes perfect sense—especially as China’s encouraging electrified ride-sharing (link in Chinese). Echo Huang, Quartz, "China’s ride-hailing giant wants to dominate electric-vehicle charging—so does one of its top backers," 24 June 2019 Ross electrified Magic fans with what was elite-level shot-making at times, and even Magic coach Steve Clifford marveled at what his super sixth man was able to do at times. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Terrence Ross gave Magic potent power source from perimeter," 18 June 2019 But number theorists were not the only ones electrified by this story. Quanta Magazine, "Why the Proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem Doesn’t Need to Be Enhanced," 3 June 2019 When Donaciano Martinez heard about Denver’s gay revolt, he was electrified. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "On 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the Denver LGBTQ community reflects on the moment that “blew open the doors”," 14 June 2019 While the headliners will be electrified on Paper Tiger’s main indoor stage, the club’s outdoor patio will see unplugged Latino musicians going from table to table, almost nonstop. Hector Saldana, ExpressNews.com, "Piñata Protest, restaurant musicians celebrated at Talón Fest in San Antonio," 13 June 2019 Savannah Whatley, Mitty, Jr.: The West Catholic Athletic League co-MVP electrified the top of the order for the CCS Open Division champions with .574 average, 25 RBI’s, 22 runs and nine steals in the regular season for the Utah commit. Darren Sabedra, The Mercury News, "All-Bay Area News Group softball: Meet the 2019 team," 12 June 2019 Both Audi and Mercedes are opting to start electrifying their portfolios with SUVs because that’s by far the most popular type of car that people buy. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "The future of electric car design has yet to be written," 5 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of electrify

1745, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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