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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When Donaciano Martinez heard about Denver’s gay revolt, he was electrified. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "On 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the Denver LGBTQ community reflects on the moment that “blew open the doors”," 14 June 2019 While the headliners will be electrified on Paper Tiger’s main indoor stage, the club’s outdoor patio will see unplugged Latino musicians going from table to table, almost nonstop. Hector Saldana, ExpressNews.com, "Piñata Protest, restaurant musicians celebrated at Talón Fest in San Antonio," 13 June 2019 Savannah Whatley, Mitty, Jr.: The West Catholic Athletic League co-MVP electrified the top of the order for the CCS Open Division champions with .574 average, 25 RBI’s, 22 runs and nine steals in the regular season for the Utah commit. Darren Sabedra, The Mercury News, "All-Bay Area News Group softball: Meet the 2019 team," 12 June 2019 Both Audi and Mercedes are opting to start electrifying their portfolios with SUVs because that’s by far the most popular type of car that people buy. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "The future of electric car design has yet to be written," 5 Oct. 2018 In fact, these themes have been present in your life since August 2016, when the Leo-Aquarius eclipses began electrifying the areas of your chart related to self and other, respectively. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Aquarius Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 But for those who dream of electrified flying taxis of the future, having a better battery than the Li-Ion is a welcome development. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "New Lithium Metal Batteries Can Power Drones for Longer (and It Could Change Everything)," 16 Apr. 2019 The Italian Elvis crooned and grooved on stage, electrifying the dance floor for young and old alike. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "When Royalty Mingled With an Italian Elvis: Inside Bal de la Rose, Monaco’s Most Glamorous Night," 4 Apr. 2019 Volkswagen expects to spend more than €30 billion on electrifying its lineup by 2023—much of it on a dedicated manufacturing platform. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Volkswagen’s Costly Bet on Electric Cars," 12 Mar. 2019

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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 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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