energize

verb
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

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 Transit officials on Thursday sought ways to similarly re-energize Metrorail in a bid to ease a looming pandemic-induced budget shortfall. Justin George, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 And, of course, many Democrats are hoping this will energize their base in the November election. Fox News Staff, Fox News, 11 May 2022 Foundation executive vice chair Dan Yates said the foundation likes to support projects that energize not just the arts, but also tourism and the economy in their community. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 July 2022 Already, politicians on both sides of the aisle were seizing on the report to fundraise and energize their supporters on both sides of the issue. Zeke Miller And Jessica Gresko, Chicago Tribune, 3 May 2022 Already, politicians on both sides of the aisle were seizing on the report to fundraise and energize their supporters on both sides of the issue. Zeke Miller And Jessica Gresko, Chron, 3 May 2022 Already, politicians on both sides of the aisle were seizing on the report to fundraise and energize their supporters on either side of the hot-button issue. Mark Sherman And Zeke Miller, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 May 2022 The fever for abstemiousness also caught on in the US, which will forever be known as both puritanical and hedonistic; the challenge of refraining from drinking for 31 days has seemed to energize those eager to observe secular Lents. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 19 Apr. 2022 But even the maturing of her character did not fully quell the occasional catfight that can energize a soap opera. Annabelle Williams, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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5 Aug 2022

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“Energize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/energize. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for energize

energize

verb
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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