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 energize (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 The jet's electrons moving away from the black hole collide with photons that make up the radiation and energize the photons into the X-ray range -- increasing the X-ray jet's brightness and allowing Chandra to pick it up. Julia Musto, Fox News, "NASA finds proof of jet coming from black hole in early universe," 11 Mar. 2021 Czerniak noted a goal of the city’s comprehensive plan is to energize the business district in this part of Lake Forest, taking advantage of the nearby Telegraph Road station. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Lake Forest aldermen give early approval to plans for office building, retail shops at Waukegan and Everett roads," 10 Mar. 2021 Win or lose, the union vote, which began in early February and ends March 29, could energize the labor movement, in part because of the steep odds stacked against organizers, said Nicole Grant, who leads King County’s MLK Labor Council. al, "In Washington state, home to Amazon, labor leaders closely watch Alabama union vote," 18 Mar. 2021 Will two days off between games, instead of one, re-energize MSU enough to generate a performance like the upsets of Illinois and Ohio State? Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball vs. No. 2 Michigan: How each team can win rematch at Breslin," 7 Mar. 2021 Chris Smalls, a former Amazon worker who was fired last May after organizing a walkout over coronavirus concerns, said that Biden’s pro-union messaging so far could energize workers in other Amazon locations to start to organize, too. NBC News, "Organizers hope Biden's support of Amazon unionization advances broader efforts," 2 Mar. 2021 Harris traveled to Columbus, about 90 miles outside of Atlanta, to energize the Democratic base that voted for her and President-elect Joe Biden in the general election. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, "Kamala Harris and Ivanka Trump in Georgia to drum up votes ahead of crucial January runoffs," 21 Dec. 2020 Harris appears to have a different mission – energize the labor and African American base of the Democratic Party. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, "Harris, Pence make dueling trips to battleground Wisconsin as Trump tries to close gap," 7 Sep. 2020 Told through a brave and fresh point of view, audiences are already sharing in the friendship and fortitude of the story's inspiring women who energize and sustain Beth Harmon's journey and ultimate triumph. Christian Holub, EW.com, "The Queen's Gambit is being developed as a stage musical," 8 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of energize

circa 1865, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

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“Energize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/energize. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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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