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.
Recent Examples on the Web O’Rourke was urged to run for president by many Democrats, including supporters of former President Barack Obama, who were energized by his narrow Senate loss last year in Texas, a reliably Republican state. BostonGlobe.com, "But O’Rourke, 47, struggled to replicate that model in the presidential primary, and both his polling and his fundraising dwindled significantly in recent months.," 2 Nov. 2019 O’Rourke was urged to run for president by many Democrats, including supporters of former President Barack Obama, who were energized by his narrow Senate loss last year in Texas, a reliably Republican state. Julie Pace, Twin Cities, "Lacking magic of Senate run, O’Rourke drops presidential bid," 2 Nov. 2019 O’Rourke was urged to run for president by many Democrats, including supporters of former President Barack Obama, who were energized by his narrow Senate loss last year in Texas, a reliably Republican state. Will Weissert, The Denver Post, "Beto O’Rourke announces he’s dropping 2020 presidential bid," 1 Nov. 2019 O'Rourke was urged to run for president by many Democrats, including supporters of former President Barack Obama, who were energized by his narrow Senate loss last year in Texas, a reliably Republican state. Will Weissert, Anchorage Daily News, "Beto O’Rourke announces he’s dropping 2020 presidential bid," 1 Nov. 2019 Birds, mammals, insects, butterflies and even fish seem to be energized by the changing seasons. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Woodpecker offers unique clue that winter is coming," 19 Oct. 2019 In general, the greater the temperature contrast between the equator and the pole, the stronger the jet stream will blow from west to east across the North Atlantic, steering and energizing storm systems along with it. Andrew Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Buckle up: Climate change is already contributing to bumpier North Atlantic flights, study finds," 7 Aug. 2019 Essentially, it’s tip theft, and in a New York Times article published this weekend, one journalist experienced it firsthand and energized the conversation around one of the instant delivery era’s most insidious practices. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Delivery workers are being cheated out of tips by their own companies. This isn’t new.," 24 July 2019 The epic battle between incumbent and upstart has been infused with social media feeds that have energized die-hard fans on either side of the Atlantic. Los Angeles Times, "Porsche, Tesla face off for electric-vehicle crown on famed German race track," 13 Sep. 2019

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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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13 Nov 2019

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“Energize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/energizes. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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More Definitions for energize

energize

verb
How to pronounce energize (audio)

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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