elec·tri·fy | \ i-ˈlek-trə-ˌfī , 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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Uruguay's stingy defense has only conceded one goal all tournament, while France's high-powered attack came to life in a round-of-16 win over Argentina, paced by electrifying 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "LIVE: Uruguay, France Clash in World Cup Quarterfinals," 6 July 2018 On the front 9, Tiger was a Bengal tiger, doing Tiger things again and electrifying huge galleries that roared in delight despite the scalding conditions. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Tiger Woods frustrated after inconsistent third round at Quicken Loans National," 30 June 2018 On Thursday, July 12, the moon and sun join forces, electrifying the sky with a solar eclipse in your sign. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's July 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 June 2018 Beyoncé’s recent work electrified audiences with an expansive, experimental sensibility that has, alas, been squelched for Everything Is Love. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Surprise Album Makes Marriage Into a Spectacle," 17 June 2018 As Torres electrifies New York, Gonzalez is back in South Bend, his fourth season there, helping the new batch of kids coming through. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Dom Amore: East Hartford's Jimmy Gonzalez Was There At Right Time For Gleyber Torres," 4 June 2018 The base-motivating, electrifying pick was right there, in the palm of his hand. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Amy Coney Barrett Looks Like a Future Trump SCOTUS Pick," 11 July 2018 Edmonton Oilers: Defenseman Adam Boqvist, Brynas (Sweden): Smallish defenseman who can be electrifying with the puck on his stick. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "NHL mock draft 2.0: How the first round could shake out," 18 June 2018 Fifty-four dealers set up their wares for display in booths that had been built and electrified by Ellis Tech students. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Country Antiques Returns For Its 27th Year," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of electrify

1745, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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electrified fence

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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 \
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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