energy

noun
en·​er·​gy | \ ˈe-nər-jē How to pronounce energy (audio) \
plural energies

Definition of energy

1a : dynamic quality narrative energy
b : the capacity of acting or being active intellectual energy
c : a usually positive spiritual force the energy flowing through all people
2 : vigorous exertion of power : effort investing time and energy
3 : a fundamental entity of nature that is transferred between parts of a system in the production of physical change within the system and usually regarded as the capacity for doing work
4 : usable power (such as heat or electricity) also : the resources for producing such power

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Synonyms for energy

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power, force, energy, strength, might mean the ability to exert effort. power may imply latent or exerted physical, mental, or spiritual ability to act or be acted upon. the awesome power of flowing water force implies the actual effective exercise of power. used enough force to push the door open energy applies to power expended or capable of being transformed into work. a worker with boundless energy strength applies to the quality or property of a person or thing that makes possible the exertion of force or the withstanding of strain, pressure, or attack. use weight training to build your strength might implies great or overwhelming power or strength. the belief that might makes right

Examples of energy in a Sentence

The kids are always so full of energy. They devoted all their energy to the completion of the project. They devoted all their energies to the completion of the project. She puts a lot of energy into her work. The newer appliances conserve more energy.
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Recent Examples on the Web The park also has a playground for kids to run off some extra energy and a river where everyone can cool down. Nancy Clanton, ajc, "5 fun ways to spend a day in Cumming," 5 Apr. 2021 InsideClimate News is a nonprofit, independent news organization that covers climate, energy and the environment. Phil Mckenna And James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville super-polluting chemical plant emits not 1, but 2 potent greenhouse gases," 5 Apr. 2021 Those provisions include tax breaks for stock options given to chief executives as part of their pay packages, credits for research and experimentation, and write-offs for renewable energy and capital investments. Washington Post, "Dozens of America’s biggest businesses paid no federal income tax — again," 5 Apr. 2021 There is the chance Gonzaga won’t be able to muster the energy and emotion needed against Baylor after having to expend so much of it to beat UCLA on Saturday night, needing a half-court shot from Jalen Suggs at the end of overtime to win it. USA TODAY, "Predictions for the Baylor-Gonzaga championship game in the men's NCAA Tournament," 5 Apr. 2021 Those provisions include tax breaks for stock options given to chief executives as part of their pay packages, credits for research and experimentation, and write-offs for renewable energy and capital investments. Christopher Ingraham, Anchorage Daily News, "Dozens of America’s biggest businesses paid no federal income tax - again," 5 Apr. 2021 The only noticeable drawback: The combination of that energy and plot propulsion at times leaves the quadrangle of young lovers shouting at each other in stretches that could use more vocal variety. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Shakes’ ‘Midsummer’ is a beautiful, energized dream | Review," 3 Apr. 2021 Healey’s energy and telecommunications division has recovered more than $15 million for consumers through settlements with three competitive suppliers, to resolve accusations of overly aggressive sales tactics and overcharges. BostonGlobe.com, "Maura Healey finds consumers still losing millions by switching electricity suppliers," 2 Apr. 2021 The sellout crowd arrived with energy and excitement there proved to be little to cheer from the home side until the huge eighth-inning rally. Tim Booth, Star Tribune, "Mariners rally late to stun Giants 8-7 in 10 innings," 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of energy

1783, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for energy

Late Latin energia, from Greek energeia activity, from energos active, from en in + ergon work — more at work

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8 Apr 2021

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

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energy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of energy

: ability to be active : the physical or mental strength that allows you to do things
: natural enthusiasm and effort
: usable power that comes from heat, electricity, etc.

energy

noun
en·​er·​gy | \ ˈe-nər-jē How to pronounce energy (audio) \
plural energies

Kids Definition of energy

1 : ability to be active : strength of body or mind to do things or to work The children … were tired and hardly had energy enough to walk.— E. B. White, Charlotte's Web
2 : strong action or effort He puts a lot of energy into his work.
3 : usable power or the resources (as oil) used to produce usable power Our new dryer uses a lot less energy.

energy

noun
en·​er·​gy | \ ˈen-ər-jē How to pronounce energy (audio) \
plural energies

Medical Definition of energy

2 : the capacity for doing work

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