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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The couple wanted to punctuate the calm with just the right amount of energizing, strong color. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "This Brian J. McCarthy-Designed Hamptons Home is Filled with the Unexpected," 13 Mar. 2019 One of his first orders of business is to re-energize a fickle student fan base able to find better things to do than show up on Saturdays and cheer on a losing team. Edgar Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Gators' Dan Mullen uses relentless effort, energy to re-energize beleaguered fan base," 11 Apr. 2018 Goodman enjoyed a brief career as an all-American Youthquake girl before going to work once more with Vreeland, who had left Vogue to energize the moribund Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a series of flamboyant exhibitions. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Vogue’s Tonne Goodman Retraces 20 Years of Fashion in Her New Book," 15 Mar. 2019 Republicans tried to use the specter of impeachment on the campaign trail to energize their base. Tara Golshan, Vox, "How a small, Trumpy group of House Republicans wants to keep a check on Democrats," 29 Nov. 2018 Republicans argued that the bitter confirmation battle over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh energized their base in these states; some Democrats acknowledged that Republican support shored up after the confirmation fight ended last month. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, "Ten Takeaways From the 2018 Midterm Elections," 7 Nov. 2018 Trump took the unexpected step of traveling to reliably Republican Texas during crunch time, staging a Houston rally to energize his base for Cruz just two weeks before Election Day. Will Weissert, The Seattle Times, "Cruz fends off O’Rourke in Texas Senate race," 7 Nov. 2018 The result is legislative stalemate as the main work of officeholders is sending tweets that energize the party base, while avoiding the hard work of resolving differences. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 As things stand, Trump will now be able to use his pending appointment of a new Supreme Court justice to energize the Republican conservative base and keep them close. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "It's a bad week to be a Democratic boss," 27 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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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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