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 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 As China has moved to invest billions to develop its domestic semiconductor manufacturing industry, lawmakers here have sought to re-energize chip production in the U.S. Diego Mendoza-moyers, ExpressNews.com, "Toyota slows Tundra production in San Antonio amid semiconductor shortage," 11 Jan. 2021 Trump sought to energize the crowd by highlighting the partisan battle over his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Jordan Fabian, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Boasts at Florida Rally of Feeling ‘So Powerful’," 12 Oct. 2020 President Donald Trump sought to energize rural voters who were key to his success four years ago with a rally in central Wisconsin on Thursday, announcing an additional $13 billion package of relief for farmers hit by the coronavirus pandemic. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Trump seeks to energize rural voters key to 2016 success in Wisconsin campaign rally," 18 Sep. 2020 Tim Bendzko was trying his best to energize the crowd at Quarterback Immobilien Arena on Saturday morning. Thomas Rogers, Star Tribune, "Test rock concert tracks the spread of germs," 26 Aug. 2020

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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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“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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