electrify

verb
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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Beyond those already mentioned, electrifying the energy used by buildings and transportation with those wind turbines would add considerably to the climate benefit. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Wind power makes the ground warmer even as it cools the planet," 7 Oct. 2018 As both companies are working to offset carbon emissions and electrify their fleets, Uber and Lyft could pass the challenge along to users, presenting you with your own emissions allotment goals for the week. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The problem with turning urban challenges into games," 20 July 2018 Tagg is a new guy coming in, electrifying the kids and refreshing the air around there. Safid Deen, OrlandoSentinel.com, "New FSU coach Willie Taggart reaches out to Seminole legends to help rebuild program," 8 Apr. 2018 In netting two of the top all-around outfielders in the game, the Brewers sent a shock wave throughout baseball and electrified a fan base already enthusiastic about the team's recent progress. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: Additions of Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain whip Brewers fans into a frenzy," 27 Jan. 2018 This electrified the media and reinforced the views of Trump foes, but to my observation left Trump supporters coolly unimpressed. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Trump Insiders, Come Out of the Shadows," 27 Dec. 2018 But other sources, like vehicles, power plants, and agriculture, can cut particulates by electrifying, using scrubbers, or employing dust mitigation tactics. Umair Irfan, Vox, "How improving air quality could add years to people’s lives around the world.," 21 Nov. 2018 For the past two years, the eclipses have been electrifying the Leo-Aquarius axis, encouraging us to reevaluate our relationship with royalty (Leo) and society (Aquarius). Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's August 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 July 2018 Garcetti hyped electrifying the city’s fleet, an all-electric bus fleet and pledged that 20 to 45 percent of cars on LA streets will be electric vehicles within 10 years. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Cities, obsessed with electric cars, overlook simple solutions at climate summit," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of electrify

1745, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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electrify

verb

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

electrify

verb
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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