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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Several acts of entertainment energized the room throughout the event. al.com, "Transgender advocacy group celebrates Stonewall with Birmingham gala," 29 June 2019 The ultimate goal is spiritual transformation, but in the meantime, all the breathwork is incredibly energizing. Hannah Chenoweth, SELF, "The 9 Best YouTube Yoga Channels I Discovered While Practicing Yoga at Home for 6 Years," 5 May 2019 What is the light quality that’s energizing the room or the space or house? Joanna Saltz, House Beautiful, "Designers Reveal Their Unexpected Sources for Decorating Inspo," 12 Apr. 2019 They were energized about the process, showing up in person, or voting via mail and absentee ballot. Vera Papisova, Teen Vogue, "Midterms 2018: First-Time Voters Explain What They Learned This Election," 7 Nov. 2018 Bavaria's governor, Markus Soeder, said the Christian Social Union's poor showing in pre-election opinion polls could energize the party's supporters, who don't want the state governed by a coalition, as is the norm elsewhere in Germany. Fox News, "Bavarian leaders seek to rally conservatives ahead of vote," 15 Sep. 2018 But Josh Novotney, a GOP consultant from Philadelphia, said Democrats are already energized, and so a Supreme Court fight might again give Republicans a push to narrow the enthusiasm gap. Jonathan Tamari, Philly.com, "Bob Casey won't consider Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh. GOP hopes to make him pay," 10 July 2018 The hot-button issue of gun rights energizes Republican voters, particularly those in Republican primaries, said Trebor Worthen, a Republican political strategist. CBS News, "Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin vetoes constitutional carry bill, dealing blow to NRA," 11 May 2018 Despite anti-union legislation and challenges in states such as Indiana and Michigan, UAW officials and even its critics have said that labor is energized. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "UAW sees growth spike despite FBI probe, challenges," 29 Mar. 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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