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

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 The reconstruction is part of a $73 million project to rebuild and electrify the runway and a taxiway with LED lighting, according to the airport authority's 2022 capital improvement budget. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Apr. 2022 In the rush to decarbonize and electrify our society, waste management is oftentimes overlooked. Baker Institute, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022 One huge room was far easier to heat, cool, light, and electrify. Anne Helen Petersen, Wired, 9 Dec. 2021 Jag is looking to electrify its lineup by 2025, but there's plenty of life in this XF. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 7 June 2021 As part of the three-phase plan, which is named after the brightest star in the Taurus constellation, Cor Tauri, Lamborghini will spend $1.8 billion to electrify its lineup. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 18 May 2021 Renewables are an obvious opportunity: Demand for clean power is expected to boom as economies decarbonize and transport and industry electrify. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2021 In the short term, Mumbai will electrify its public transportation and help low-income households install energy-efficient equipment. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 May 2022 Ringgold doesn’t so much elide ethnic boundaries as electrify them. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 28 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of electrify

1745, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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19 May 2022

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“Electrify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electrify. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for electrify


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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