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

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 Instead, Gage and AC Propulsion opted to do electric conversions on the Scion xB (calling it the eBox) and pursue contract work, like helping electrify the Mini. Kevin A. Wilson, Car and Driver, 17 Aug. 2022 These investments include: $9 billion in consumer home energy rebate programs to electrify home appliances and for energy efficient retrofits. Robert Rapier, Forbes, 14 Aug. 2022 Bonneville was the government’s way to market the dams’ hydropower and electrify the rural West. Tony Schick, ProPublica, 4 Aug. 2022 That’s separate from the $10 billion in funding for low-income Americans to increase their home’s energy efficiency and electrify key appliances. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 28 July 2022 After all, Jeb Bush, Perry, and Romney all resonated with a loud corner of the Republican Party, but didn’t electrify a national audience. Philip Elliott, Time, 19 Apr. 2022 The company plans to electrify its entire lineup by 2030. Trefis Team, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 Just over a decade later, the company will electrify Bugatti. Bradley Iger, Ars Technica, 17 Aug. 2022 As such, developers would be required to electrify their buildings with electric heaters, appliances and systems. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Aug. 2022 See More

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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 2 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for electrify


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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