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

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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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In the process, however, Uber may have helped energize critics who insist that evasive big tech companies be held to account for their toxic negligence. Wired, "How Tech Firms Like Uber Hide Behind the ‘Platform Defense’," 13 Sep. 2019 Ayala is energized by the new enthusiasm for the field. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "How the body’s nerves become accomplices in the spread of cancer," 12 Sep. 2019 But as Tsubaki settled in, Kaplan was energized by customers’ response to her depthless enthusiasm for sake. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Los Angeles, this should be your sake spot," 22 Aug. 2019 On the other end of the spectrum are the fighting post-liberals energized by Trump’s shock victory and its echoes around the world, from Brexit to Bolsonaro. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "Is Josh Hawley For Real?," 25 July 2019 Though the Democratic Party has been energized by its most liberal voices, no presidential candidates are talking about DAFs. Theodore Schleifer, Vox, "Today’s “working robber barons” have used a tax break to create a $110 billion charity stockpile, called donor-advised funds. It isn’t getting any smaller.," 2 July 2019 After hearing that Moira and Luke are together, June is energized again by revolutionary spirit. refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale," 13 June 2018 The issue remains a political powder keg for both Democrats and Republicans as Trump continues to push for major changes on his signature issue and tries to energize his base by delivering on campaign promises. Washington Post, "Woman tosses Molotov cocktail into Fla. Citizenship office," 30 Aug. 2019 The Democratic National Committee took a stance on climate change Thursday in San Francisco that could alienate young voters — a key group that Democrats need to be energized for the party to win back the White House. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Friday Night Lights in Paradise," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of energize

circa 1865, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

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Dictionary Entries near energize

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energism

energist

energize

energumen

energy

energy balance

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energize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of energize

: to give energy or excitement to (someone or something)

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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