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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Federer left the court to change before the fifth set; Djokovic remained, snacking on energizing dates. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Novak Djokovic Wins Wimbledon, Outlasting Roger Federer," 14 July 2019 To my surprise, the Glute Drive seemed not to have sapped my legs but rather to have energized them. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "’Glute Drive’ dashes first impressions, builds deep strength: Stretching Out," 3 July 2019 The Moon wanes through fiery Aries on Monday evening at 10:37 p.m. EST, energizing us to take the lead on completing projects. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 23 June 2019 Written by Don Banks Mike Williams nearly ate himself out of the NFL, but a late-career surge under the watch of an old coach energized him to give back to the game as a high school coach. SI.com, "Sports Illustrated's Where Are They Now? Stories," 23 June 2019 Here, 20 people describe that one, holy-grail product—from makeup to fragrance and much more—that helps energize them day in and day out, and gives them a little extra firepower. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "20 People on the Beauty Product That Makes Them Feel Powerful," 22 Apr. 2019 Zahan Billimoria, Mountain Guide As a full-time professional guide in Jackson, Wyoming, Zahan Billimoria needs slow-burning fuel to keep him energized for long days in the mountains. Julie Brown, Outside Online, "The Best Fuel for Your Longest Sufferfests," 30 May 2018 As Democrats struggle with the question of whether energizing their progressive base or wooing back moderate voters is the best strategic path to defeat President Donald Trump in 2020, Biden is staking out his position on issues. NBC News, "Biden's plan for rural America is the latest Democratic outreach to Trump country," 18 July 2019 Senator Kamala Harris, meanwhile, argues that the path to victory for Democrats runs through energizing the women, people of color, and younger voters that make up the backbone of the party. Lisa Lerer, New York Times, "These Are the Mistakes Democrats Don’t Want to Repeat in 2020," 18 July 2019

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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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