en·​er·​gize | \ ˈe-nər-ˌjīz How to pronounce energize (audio) \
energized; energizing

Definition of energize

transitive verb

1 : to make energetic, vigorous, or active energized by the coach's pep talk
2 : to impart energy to sunlight energizes the chemical reactions
3 : to apply voltage to

intransitive verb

: to put forth energy : act

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Other Words from energize

energization \ ˌe-​nər-​ˌjī-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce energization (audio) \ noun
energizer noun

Examples of energize in a Sentence

His rousing speech energized the crowd. You'll feel more energized after a bit of exercise.

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The issue remains a political powder keg for both Democrats and Republicans as Trump continues to push for major changes on his signature issue and tries to energize his base by delivering on campaign promises. Washington Post, "Woman tosses Molotov cocktail into Fla. Citizenship office," 30 Aug. 2019 The Democratic National Committee took a stance on climate change Thursday in San Francisco that could alienate young voters — a key group that Democrats need to be energized for the party to win back the White House. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Friday Night Lights in Paradise," 23 Aug. 2019 Abandoning calls for minority outreach, the Republican Party chose instead to energize its conservative white base — heeding strategists who said the immigrant vote was not just a lost cause but an existential threat. Jason Deparle, New York Times, "How Stephen Miller Seized the Moment to Battle Immigration," 17 Aug. 2019 From straws to wind turbines to socially conservative issues, Trump is deliberately amplifying public tensions by seizing on divisive topics to energize his base, according to campaign aides and White House advisers. Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Trump dials up culture wars in divisive play for 2020 votes," 13 Aug. 2019 Some have suggested the heightened rhetoric is a deliberate strategy by the president and his re-election team to energize his base. cleveland.com, "Obama says Americans should reject language by leaders that ‘normalizes racist sentiments’ in wake of shootings," 5 Aug. 2019 Now, opponents are taking the Texas and Ohio tragedies as an opportunity to energize their base, which was already incensed at McConnell for blocking a pair of election security measures. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Despite back-to-back mass shootings, McConnell unlikely to accept gun control legislation," 3 Aug. 2019 Dry body brushing is said to energize the body, increases circulation and blood flow, and stimulates drainage from the lymphatic system to smooth skin's surface, sweep away flakes and dry patches, and even out lumps and bumps, including cellulite. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, "What Is "Dry Brushing" and Can It Really Cure Cellulite?," 31 July 2019 In a polarized landscape, where success on one side seems only to energize—or radicalize—the opposition, pro-life activists, naturally, have plans of their own. Peter Slevin, The New Yorker, "How Illinois Became an Abortion-Rights Haven," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of energize

circa 1865, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

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The first known use of energize was circa 1865

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English Language Learners Definition of energize

: to give energy or excitement to (someone or something)


en·​er·​gize | \ ˈe-nər-ˌjīz How to pronounce energize (audio) \
energized; energizing

Kids Definition of energize

: to give the ability to be active to : give energy to

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