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 energize (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Part of an effort to re-energize downtown Anchorage, the first concert in a summer-long series brought live music once again to the front lawn of the Anchorage Museum. Emily Mesner, Anchorage Daily News, 5 June 2021 The companies consider fire potential, wind models, the condition of their lines and other factors to assess the need to de-energize their equipment in specific areas. Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2021 In order to work faster and better, use what is available to you in order to energize your people. Joanna Swash, Forbes, 7 May 2021 What the Magic, who were off Monday, got out of Tuesday’s workout was a chance to re-organize and re-energize amid their eight-game losing streak. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, 17 Mar. 2021 Anticipation of a global economic rebound has the potential to re-energize laggard small-cap and value stocks in foreign markets, largely left out of last year’s stock-market rally that was fueled mostly by large growth stocks and momentum trading. Ari I. Weinberg, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2021 Democrats believed that the sweeping civil unrest that has consumed the nation for much of the summer would help energize people of color against Trump this fall. Steve Peoples, Star Tribune, 31 Aug. 2020 The speed of the turnaround will likely energize a debate among policy makers about whether the pickup is a temporary consequence of economies reopening—or something more durable. Paul Hannon, WSJ, 1 June 2021 Moments of being seen by other people, and being met with respect or even enthusiasm, can energize and invigorate us and help create bonds within our neighborhood or community. New York Times, 4 May 2021

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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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“Energize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/energize. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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