electrify

verb

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

transitive verb

1
a
: 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 Now, as global temperatures keep rising, the rush to fully electrify one of the poorest regions in the United States is more urgent than ever. Ashley Killough, CNN, 3 July 2024 The search of Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao’s Oakland residence is a lightning bolt electrifying the city’s government and politics. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 1 July 2024 Extended charging times could be an obstacle for long-haul trucks, and some rail lines may be too expensive to electrify. Emily Wright, Washington Post, 27 June 2024 The company also recently signed an agreement with a private aviation terminal company to electrify more than 200 take-off and landing sites across the country. Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times, 26 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for electrify 

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Word History

First Known Use

1745, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of electrify was in 1745

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“Electrify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electrify. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

electrify

verb
elec·​tri·​fy i-ˈlek-trə-ˌfī How to pronounce electrify (audio)
electrified; electrifying
1
a
: to charge with electricity
b
: to equip for use of electric power or supply with electric power
2
: to cause to feel great or sudden excitement : thrill
electrified the audience
electrification
-ˌlek-trə-fə-ˈkā-shən
noun

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