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.
Recent Examples on the Web As the supply of those allowances declines over time, the theory goes, their price will go up and force polluters to clean up — by electrifying transportation, building more wind and solar farms or adopting more efficient production technology. oregonlive, "Democrats vote Oregon’s controversial climate change policy out of committees," 14 Feb. 2020 Duvernay electrified last season after moving into the slot to replace early draft entrant Lil’Jordan Humphrey. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "Four Longhorns invited to 2020 NFL draft combine," 7 Feb. 2020 Eight percent of vehicles sold worldwide last year were electrified. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "Tesla Is Finally Cruising, and Investors Are Going for a Joyride," 6 Feb. 2020 One reason is already clear: Research and development costs have escalated as auto makers have electrified their lineups. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "No, Tesla Isn’t Bigger Than Volkswagen," 24 Jan. 2020 These included a high speed rail, electrifying another major railway, and helping build hospitals. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "As U.S.-Iran Tensions Flare, China Emerges as Tehran’s Last-Ditch Lifeline," 10 Jan. 2020 Building more railways would help electrify the transportation system. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Trump's overhaul of environmental permitting could help clean energy build-out," 9 Jan. 2020 The other 41 percent were open to an alternative powertrain, electric or electrified, which is up from 29 percent in 2019. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "More Americans Will Pull Out Wallets for EVs, but Snap Them Shut for Autonomous Technology," 7 Jan. 2020 And in Cyprus, the young woman’s case has electrified women’s rights activists long fighting for reforms to the way authorities handle rape cases, and has prompted pleas for intervention from the country’s current Attorney General. Suyin Haynes, Time, "'Our Broken System Has Been Exposed.' How a British Woman's Rape Case in Cyprus Has Become a Rallying Cry for Activists," 4 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of electrify

1745, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Electrify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electrify. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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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