en·​er·​gize | \ˈe-nər-ˌjīz \
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 \ 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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Some golfers even say that Tiger Woods single-handedly energized the sport, driving young men to the range. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "Going out of business, golf courses become prime redevelopment targets," 5 July 2018 Kim Olson, a farmer who has helped energize Democrats ahead of the November election. Andrea Zelinski, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas Ag commissioner, BBQ pitmasters battle over a weighty issue," 3 July 2018 Scorpion sees him energized and perhaps more self-aware than ever. Juan Vidal, Billboard, "Drake's Strikes Back With Double Album 'Scorpion'," 29 June 2018 The conservative drift on the Supreme Court may be wrong-headed, but that should only energize unions to work all the more for their members. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Why unions will survive Supreme Court anti-labor decision," 27 June 2018 But the Trump administration’s handling of the mass detentions and the resulting chaos are energizing the opposition and risk weakening support for the GOP from independents and suburban Republicans. Liz Goodwin, BostonGlobe.com, "Democrats flood border, demanding answers on immigrant child separations," 25 June 2018 This era of tumult has left Democrats energized and determined to win back Congress and act as a check on Trump, and their intensity has been reflected by strong turnouts in the primaries. Jeremy W. Peters, Anchorage Daily News, "Numb to outrage, Republican voters feel a deepening bond to Trump," 24 June 2018 And they were relieved and energized to be together. Cecile Richards, Glamour, "Five Activists Criss-Crossed the Country to Hear from Women. Here's What They Learned.," 6 Nov. 2018 Lemon, peppermint, and rosemary oils are also known to purify and energize. Alyssa Nassner, Curbed, "Cleansing 101: Keeping your home’s energy in check," 17 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of energize

1750, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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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 \
energized; energizing

Kids Definition of energize

: to give the ability to be active to : give energy to

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