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 In stressful times when burnout is prevalent, coaching and delegation are important to energize employees and boost productivity. Tacy Byham, Forbes, "Three Leadership Super Skills To Master To Help Address Burnout," 10 May 2021 Told through a brave and fresh point of view, audiences are already sharing in the friendship and fortitude of the story’s inspiring women who energize and sustain Beth Harmon’s journey and ultimate triumph. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, "The Queen's Gambit," 16 Mar. 2021 Taylor’s death and name continue to energize a racial justice movement and calls for police reform in Louisville and elsewhere. NBC News, "After a year without Breonna Taylor, protesters are renewing calls for justice," 13 Mar. 2021 Republicans may botch their first opportunity to draw a stark contrast in governance, wield some real power, and energize their base. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Return of the Swamp Creatures," 18 Feb. 2021 The top was a striped number in pink, blue, and brown, typical of the busy colors and patterns that energize Mr. Fordjour’s paintings. Siddhartha Mitter, New York Times, "Derek Fordjour, From Anguish to Transcendence," 19 Nov. 2020 Florida State has found a quarterback that can energize the offense in Jordan Travis, who has a rushing touchdown and passing touchdown in the last four games — the longest streak in school history. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Florida State-Pittsburgh live stream (11/7): How to watch college football online, TV, time," 7 Nov. 2020 The Biden administration has an incredible opportunity to re-energize the Democratic Party by demonstrating how the federal government can help people in real time. New York Times, "How the Pandemic Changed Your Politics," 20 Mar. 2021 Keep a book of inspiring quotes handy, a playlist of songs that elevate your mood or a travel book of places that energize you. NBC News, "Let go of perfection: 6 strategies for stopping the negative spin cycle," 10 Mar. 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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13 May 2021

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“Energize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/energize. Accessed 13 May. 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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