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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Cox…will energize Republican voters to turn out in support of their candidates. Dan Schnur, sacbee, "Marches didn't mean voters: Influencers weigh in on turnout in California's primary," 11 June 2018 When the founder of cheerful New York bakery Flour Shop returned earlier this month as a headliner for the JW Marriott Venice Food & Wine Festival, she was energized, in part because of her hotel’s location. Alia Akkam, Vogue, "Finding the Best Sweets in Venice With Amirah Kassem," 24 May 2018 And at the same time, it's energized Republicans, too, Reynolds said. Paul Gattis, AL.com, "Special election Tuesday to fill seat held by Jim Patterson," 25 Mar. 2018 If the right-to-work question moved to August, union members might not turn out in November because they wouldn't be energized by a ballot question affecting their paychecks, Kuhlman said. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Right-to-work vote is coming in Missouri, but will a change in timing boost GOP? | The Kansas City Star," 20 Mar. 2018 Once people are a part of your team, they’ll be energized and continually drawn to supporting your organization’s core goals and mission. Eric Titner, USA TODAY, "Workplace: Develop your organizational culture and leadership," 12 Mar. 2018 If Democrats are not yet organized, they are certainly energized, less by specific policies than by their general loathing of Trump. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "Can Donald Trump, the Most Unpopular President Ever, Save Republicans From a Massive Defeat in 2018?," 21 Feb. 2018 It was energized, helping each other on the defensive end. Joe Vardon, cleveland.com, "Isaiah Thomas said Cavaliers go 'separate ways' in loss to Magic: Game 52 rewind," 7 Feb. 2018 Despite the uneven playing field, Turkey’s opposition parties—often criticized for being divided and weak—have energized the country with serious and well-organized campaigns. Time, "Turkey's Elections May Be Imperfect But They Still Matter," 22 June 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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a state of commotion or excitement

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