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 There are efforts to electrify small planes for short flights — including one backed by United — but doing the same for longer, larger flights will be tough, maybe impossible. New York Times, 28 May 2021 And while Trumpian excess might help House candidates stave off primary challenges from the right and electrify comparatively small electorates in their districts, the strategy might backfire among bigger Senate electorates. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 27 Apr. 2021 Biden’s plan would also spend $160 billion on electric vehicles in order to build out Biden’s promised 500,000 public charging stations, offer people rebates to buy electric cars, and electrify buses and transit. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, 8 Apr. 2021 Lamborghini has announced it is set to fully electrify its range, first with an all-plug-in-hybrid lineup, and then with the planned launch of a fourth model that will be a pure EV. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 18 May 2021 Tavares said this rush to electrify might be counter-productive because the vehicles are often much heavier than conventional ICE vehicles and need more power to move them. Neil Winton, Forbes, 13 May 2021 Efforts to electrify diesel equipment haven’t come fast enough enough for community advocates. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2021 San Francisco wants to ban gas appliances and electrify buildings to make a difference in fighting climate change. Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 May 2021 As cars electrify further, and come to be judged more on their software, these kinds of pauses and delays will become less acceptable. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 4 May 2021

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First Known Use of electrify

1745, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of electrify was in 1745

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12 Jun 2021

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“Electrify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electrify. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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