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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Led by teachers in right-to-work states, the protests have energized voters and challenged sitting governors. Mark Murray, NBC News, "Poll: OH-12 doesn’t look like a repeat of PA-18 — at least for now," 11 June 2018 Mnangagwa's main challenger is 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa from the MDC, who has energized the party, drawing huge crowds at rallies in some of the ruling ZABU-PF party's rural redoubts. Macdonald Dzirutwe, The Christian Science Monitor, "Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa promises fair and open general election," 30 May 2018 Frustration has energized the proponents of stiffer gun control legislation. USA TODAY, "As the NRA convention heads to Dallas, city becomes ground zero of gun debate," 30 Apr. 2018 The new elbow room and conviviality has energized him. By Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Looking for a cool place to work?," 26 Feb. 2018 Abrams, meanwhile, staked her campaign on energizing liberal voters, many of them minorities who often skipped elections, with a platform that emphasized new gun restrictions, the expansion of Medicaid and fewer obstacles to voting. Tamar Hallerman, The Seattle Times, "‘Terrified’ Stacey Abrams prepares to counterpunch Trump’s State of Union," 5 Feb. 2019 The fight for the favor of individual senators will take place amid a much broader effort by Democrats and Republicans alike to energize voters around the confirmation process for the nominee. Michael Scherer, Anchorage Daily News, "Democrats target Murkowski, Collins in campaign against Supreme Court nominee," 5 July 2018 Wednesday’s announcement that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring is expected to energize GOP voters across the country, which could ease the Republicans’ path in Kansas. Washington Post, "Even in GOP bastion Kansas, 2 congressional seats in play," 2 July 2018 The vacancy promises to play a prominent role in the midterm elections, with leaders in both parties seeking to energize their voters by promoting the nomination fight as one with dramatic consequences for the country. chicagotribune.com, "President can reshape high court for decades with his next nominee," 28 June 2018

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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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