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.
Recent Examples on the Web The herb has a crisp, slightly spicy aroma that can energize while relieving stress. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Best Calming Scents to Help You Unwind When You're Stressed," 25 June 2020 The man who can gesticulate as wildly on the sidelines as a broken windmill in a storm sought first to energize the supporters. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Changing doubters to believers. How Jurgen Klopp turned Liverpool into title winners," 25 June 2020 President Donald Trump’s first campaign rally in 110 days was meant to be a defiant display of MAGA loyalists intended to energize the candidate, float new lines of attack against Joe Biden, and serve as a symbol of America's economic reopening. David Clark Scott, The Christian Science Monitor, "Monday Sunrise Briefing: Tulsa rally falls short of expectations," 22 June 2020 Those points will certainly energize the Republican base. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "MAGA—for All," 18 June 2020 Biden is faced with the challenge of picking a VP who will help him energize young voters and voters of color. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, "More than 100 liberal activists urge Joe Biden to pick Elizabeth Warren as VP in letter," 16 June 2020 Biden's next challenge will be to pick a running mate that can help energize key voters, like young progressives and voters of color, particularly black voters. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "It's official: Joe Biden has clinched the Democratic nomination for president in the 2020 election," 6 June 2020 Images and videos of police brutality and the mass demonstrations in response, distributed through diasporas and beyond, can energize and galvanize large numbers quickly. Gary Younge, The New York Review of Books, "What Black America Means to Europe," 6 June 2020 Thankfully, the movements of the past have provided us with a powerful discography to energize our efforts. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Every Movement Needs A Soundtrack. This Is Ours.," 5 June 2020

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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 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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