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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The finding electrified archaeologists, who already considered the area of great historical importance. Daniel Victor, New York Times, "Drought and Drone Reveal ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Signs of Ancient Henge in Ireland," 13 July 2018 Regardless of the result, Antonio Conte will leave Stamford Bridge a shadow of the man who electrified the league, who simply watched on as his empire crumbled in front of his eyes. SI.com, "Exploring the Demise of Antonio Conte: From Chelsea's Enigmatic Leader to Despondent Passenger," 16 May 2018 In no area has Trump been so willing to create his own version of reality as on immigration policy, a topic that more than any other electrified his base and propelled him to the White House. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Border crisis is Trump's latest war on straw men," 6 Apr. 2018 Europe has also struggled to electrify its trucking fleet, even going so far as to build an ‘electric road’ that can provide power to trucks driving on it. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Germany Likely to Miss Emissions Target for 2020," 18 June 2018 Other initiatives on Durkan’s to-do list include requiring new construction to have electric vehicle charging and electrifying all for-hire vehicles. Scientific American, "To Meet Emissions Goals, Seattle Wants to Charge Drivers," 6 Apr. 2018 Early in the season, of course, is when Young was electrifying the nation. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "2018 NCAA tournament: Rhode Island's Fatts Russell makes a big impression," 15 Mar. 2018 Thirty-two spring seasons removed from this year’s Celtics NBA title bid, which has electrified Boston once again. Thomas Farragher, BostonGlobe.com, "Three decades later, Len Bias’s grieving mother still tells her son’s story," 22 May 2018 Stephenson, of course, brought enough energy with him to electrify the fieldhouse. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "3 takeaways from Pacers' 106-99 loss to Raptors," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of electrify

1745, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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