elec·​tri·​fy | \i-ˈlek-trə-ˌfī, 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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Early in the morning, generous Jupiter will meet transformative Pluto, electrifying the sky with a ton of karmic energy. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's September 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Aug. 2018 Everyone will be impacted by these eclipses, though some charts will be electrified more than others. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner's Guide to Eclipses in 2018 and How They Can Affect Your Life," 16 July 2018 Jaguar Land Rover has said all new models will be electrified from 2020, though a spokesman wouldn’t confirm whether the Range Rovers to be produced at Solihull will be made in all-electric versions. Kaye Wiggins, Bloomberg.com, "Jaguar Land Rover Prepares for New Era Moving SUV From U.K.," 11 June 2018 But while Modi has hit his target, the government only requires 10% of a village’s houses and public places to be electrified to count. Kate Samuelson, Time, "India’s Last Village Goes Electric, But Millions Still See Dim Returns," 3 May 2018 Steve Cooper, the city's director of public safety, says investigators believe that the man didn't know the truck's bed was electrified. Fox News, "Authorities: Man dies trying to remove downed power line," 1 May 2018 The finding electrified archaeologists, who already considered the area of great historical importance. Daniel Victor, New York Times, "Drought and Drone Reveal ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Signs of Ancient Henge in Ireland," 13 July 2018 Regardless of the result, Antonio Conte will leave Stamford Bridge a shadow of the man who electrified the league, who simply watched on as his empire crumbled in front of his eyes. SI.com, "Exploring the Demise of Antonio Conte: From Chelsea's Enigmatic Leader to Despondent Passenger," 16 May 2018 In no area has Trump been so willing to create his own version of reality as on immigration policy, a topic that more than any other electrified his base and propelled him to the White House. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Border crisis is Trump's latest war on straw men," 6 Apr. 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 \
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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