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 Sure, there were other factors — lingering economic frustrations, the cap-and-trade vote — and the conservative grassroots were particularly energized by the Tea Party that year. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "Vulnerable House Democrats Walk the Plank for Impeachment," 17 Dec. 2019 With his ensemble Bach in Baltimore, Maestro T. Herbert Dimmock has been serenading Baltimore-area audiences with Baroque music for over three decades, energized by a particular love for sharing detailed interpretations of the musical material. Elizabeth Nonemaker, baltimoresun.com, "Go beyond 'Deck the halls’ with this guide to classical holiday concerts in Baltimore," 26 Nov. 2019 The household and yard chores remain the same, but my body rebels without life-giving early morning light to energize me. Cori Brown, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Cori Brown: Nature signals a time to recharge," 7 Sep. 2019 Treat every downed powerline as if it were energized. Heed the warning of yellow caution tape, which indicates there is a downed power line in the area. Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press, "DTE Energy: 97% of customers have power restored," 24 July 2019 Employees relied on the operation of a photoelectric switch to de-energize street lights before installing the camera. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Report: Lack of training, preparation found in investigation of on-the-job electrocution," 11 Dec. 2019 The US Federal Reserve cut interest rates three times in 2019 to re-energize the economy. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Why the Trump economy could keep the Dow soaring in 2020," 11 Dec. 2019 By contrast, this year's Celtics look re-energized and comfortable in their own skin, boasting a 12-4 record and the NBA's seventh-best point differential, 11th-best offense and fifth-best defense. Ben Golliver, courant.com, "The Celtics are over Kyrie Irving and playing like a true contender," 27 Nov. 2019 After de-energizing the power line, officials were able to rescue Koskovich, who was the aircraft’s lone occupant. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Pilot Survives After Crashing Plane Into Power Lines, Leaving Aircraft Hanging Upside Down," 25 Nov. 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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9 Jan 2020

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“Energize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/energizing. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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