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 Speeches are electrifying, abilities uncanny, humour scathing. The Economist, "The ballad of Malcolm and Martin A twin biography retells the story of the civil-rights movement," 21 May 2020 Palin electrified the audience at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul that September, giving a rousing speech scattered with anecdotes about her family and children. Sarah Ewall-wice And Caitlin Huey-burns, CBS News, "Ferraro and Palin: What it meant to have a woman running mate then — what it would mean for Biden now," 23 Apr. 2020 Europe’s passenger trains are largely electrified, as opposed to U.S. trains, which use both electric and diesel power. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 21 Apr. 2020 The victory was also a coronation for the NFL’s brightest young star: Patrick Mahomes, the 24-year-old Chiefs quarterback who electrified the league in his first two seasons as starter—and played brilliantly in executing a Super Bowl comeback. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Super Bowl Chiefs Make It Worth the Wait," 3 Feb. 2020 Shakira and Jennifer Lopez were electrifying in their joint performance during the Super Bowl LIV halftime show. April Siese, CBS News, "Jennifer Lopez's daughter Emme shines during Super Bowl LIV halftime show," 3 Feb. 2020 The Taycan is an important debut for Porsche’s parent company Volkswagen Group, which is spending more than $33 billion to electrify dozens of models across its portfolio in the wake of its diesel emissions scandal. Fortune, "Porsche’s Challenge to Tesla," 30 Sep. 2019 Today, just seven percent of all Honda models sold in the world are electrified, but the company says that will grow to two-thirds by 2030. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Points to CR-V's Future," 17 Mar. 2020 The boys, electrified by hormones, insecurity, and the untapped promise of middle school, are loving and bawdy and cruel with one another. Marella Gayla, BostonGlobe.com, "In ‘Good Boys,’ sixth grade just isn’t what it used to be," 15 Aug. 2019

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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 5 Jun. 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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