electrocute

verb
elec·​tro·​cute | \ i-ˈlek-trə-ˌkyüt How to pronounce electrocute (audio) \
electrocuted; electrocuting

Definition of electrocute

transitive verb

1 : to kill or severely injure by electric shock Because of flawed electrical work by contractors, the bulletin stated, soldiers at U.S. bases in Iraq had received severe electrical shocks, and some had even been electrocuted.— James Risen But if a power outage occurs, the PV [photovoltaic] system has to shut down or it could electrocute utility workers who think they're working on dead lines.Popular Science He was working on Pier 38 on the West Side of Manhattan when he was accidently electrocuted by a high-voltage wire. He suffered second- and third-degree burns and had to undergo painful skin grafts.— Robert I. Friedman
2 : to execute (a criminal) by electricity Two of the big fish, Emanuel (Mendy) Weiss and Louis Capone, ultimately were convicted and electrocuted with the boss himself …— Scott Christianson

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Other Words from electrocute

electrocution \ i-​ˌlek-​trə-​ˈkyü-​shən How to pronounce electrocution (audio) \ noun
Last year, we spent our vacation in a rustic cabin in Burgundy, where we … risked electrocution every time we recharged our laptop using the cabin's rustic, non-grounded electrical outlets. — Laura Colby In 1982, he was sentenced to death by lethal injection or electrocution. — Lola Ogunnaike

Examples of electrocute in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike the riots of 2005, which were sparked by the deaths of two teenage boys electrocuted in a power substation as officers were chasing them, the latest attacks have no obvious trigger. BostonGlobe.com, "PARIS — A resurgence of anti-police violence has emerged in the long-troubled towns around Paris, signs that lawlessness still simmers in French urban hotspots that exploded in three weeks of rioting in 2005.," 6 Nov. 2019 In the 10-part series set to air globally in over 200 countries, suddenly and without warning, teenage girls all over the world develop the power to electrocute people at will. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Leslie Mann to dabble in politics in provocative new Amazon series The Power," 31 Oct. 2019 For instance, Edison's propaganda machine did indeed pump out hundreds of flyers and pamphlets on the dangers of alternating current, even electrocuting animals in front of newspaper reporters. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The “original disruptors” go head to head in The Current War: Director’s Cut," 25 Oct. 2019 With the blessing of the Edison managers, Brown organized demonstrations for reporters at Edison’s laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey, in which stray dogs were electrocuted using Westinghouse Electric AC equipment. National Geographic, "Edison and Tesla's cutthroat 'Current War' ushered in the electric age," 27 Sep. 2019 Jory Vaness, who was working on emissions testing equipment from a high-lift at the time of the incident, accidentally swung into live high power lines and was electrocuted, the release states. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Accidental electrocution kills man working at Rumpke site in Georgetown, Ohio," 12 Nov. 2019 Alabama Power is asking that the public keep their children and pets away from any downed wires on the ground to prevent them from electrocuting. Levi Edwards | Ledwards@al.com, al, "Over 1600 people in Mobile County currently without power, officials say," 26 Oct. 2019 At least 17 people died, several electrocuted by loose wires from the shoddy power system. The Economist, "As Pakistan’s biggest city crumbles, politicians bicker," 24 Oct. 2019 The man was electrocuted at a switching yard at 50 Tupper Road owned by Eversource Energy, Sandwich Fire Chief John J. Burke said in a statement. BostonGlobe.com, "A 55-year-old Eversource Energy worker was electrocuted at a switching yard in Sandwich Tuesday morning and flown to a hospital with burns, Sandwich police and firefighters said.," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of electrocute

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for electrocute

electr- + -cute (as in execute)

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The first known use of electrocute was in 1889

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5 Dec 2019

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“Electrocute.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electrocuted. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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More Definitions for electrocute

electrocute

verb
How to pronounce electrocute (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of electrocute

: to kill (a person or animal) by electric shock

electrocute

verb
elec·​tro·​cute | \ i-ˈlek-trə-ˌkyüt How to pronounce electrocute (audio) \
electrocuted; electrocuting

Kids Definition of electrocute

: to kill by an electric shock

Other Words from electrocute

electrocution \ -​ˌlek-​trə-​ˈkyü-​shən \ noun

electrocute

transitive verb
elec·​tro·​cute | \ i-ˈlek-trə-ˌkyüt How to pronounce electrocute (audio) \
electrocuted; electrocuting

Medical Definition of electrocute

1 : to kill or severely injure by electric shock
2 : to execute (a criminal) by electricity

Other Words from electrocute

electrocution \ -​ˌlek-​trə-​ˈkyü-​shən How to pronounce electrocution (audio) \ noun

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electrocute

transitive verb
elec·​tro·​cute
electrocuted; electrocuting

Legal Definition of electrocute

: to execute (a convicted criminal) by electricity

Other Words from electrocute

electrocution noun

History and Etymology for electrocute

electro-, combining form meaning “electric” + execute

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