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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Garcetti hyped electrifying the city’s fleet, an all-electric bus fleet and pledged that 20 to 45 percent of cars on LA streets will be electric vehicles within 10 years. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Cities, obsessed with electric cars, overlook simple solutions at climate summit," 18 Sep. 2018 But with his father Ron pitching to him, Harper put on a show that electrified the crowd. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Bryce Harper wins Home Run Derby in home park," 16 July 2018 The enduring moment from that day would belong to Jim Furyk, however, who electrified those early galleries with a tour-record score of 12-under-par 58. Chris Brodeur, courant.com, "Highlights From Three Decades Of PGA Tour Drama In Cromwell," 17 June 2018 Other highlights included a Cirque du Soleil-style act, a huge dinosaur strutting across the stage, and a Michael Jackson lookalike’s supercharged, 10 minute dance routine, which electrified the audience. Si Liberman, San Antonio Express-News, "Living it up on MSC Seaside’s ship within a ship," 5 June 2018 When wire windings in the stator are electrified, the magnetic attraction causes the rotor to rotate. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Toyota’s new magnet won’t depend on some key rare-earth minerals," 28 Feb. 2018 The men were electrified, and the team transformed, said Mr. Mayer, a researcher at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. Nina Adam, WSJ, "Female Roller Derby Skaters Are Fearless—So Are Their Male Cheerleaders," 7 Dec. 2018 Whenever Midge gets up on the standup comedy stage, her scenes are electrifying. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 2 is a dazzling confection with a slightly bitter aftertaste," 5 Dec. 2018 Lee Dorsey Written by the great New Orleans music man Allen Toussaint, electrified by the endlessly funky Dorsey. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "100 Songs to Clean the Garage To," 20 Nov. 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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