Definition of galvanize
1a : to subject to the action of an electric current especially for the purpose of stimulating physiologically galvanize a muscleb : to stimulate or excite as if by an electric shock an issue that would galvanize public opinion
2 : to coat (iron or steel) with zinc; especially : to immerse in molten zinc to produce a coating of zinc-iron alloy
: to react as if stimulated by an electric shock they galvanized into action
galvanizationplay \ˌgal-və-nə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
galvanizerplay \ˈgal-və-ˌnī-zər\ noun
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Examples of galvanize in a Sentence
The group is hoping to galvanize public opinion against the proposed law.
The Web site has galvanized support for the project.
a factory where steel is galvanized
Recent Examples of galvanize from the Web
Opposition leaders sought to galvanize their case against the Maduro government and said the government’s apparent reversal of the court ruling would not alter their plans.
Sanders, who was on hand for Cuomo’s announcement Tuesday, said New York could galvanize other states to cover tuition for residents if the scholarship proposal is approved.
An absolute, utter crisis is a much easier tool to use to galvanize change,
Their sacrifice galvanized millions of GIs and Rosie the Riveters who answered the call to defend liberty at its moment of maximum peril.
And in his mesmerizingly restrained performance last year as Spotlight's Marty Baron, the outsider who galvanizes The Boston Globe's investigative team, his motives are blurry.
While public opinion has largely been galvanized by attacks on civilians by jihadists, particularly the killing of 150 people at a school in Peshawar in 2014, the protests are a sign that widespread sympathy remains for extremist groups in Pakistan.
Black Americans turned out to vote in unprecedented numbers, galvanized by the historic quality of a presidential race that could possibly put a black family in the White House.
The insensitivity of the woman’s response galvanized Clark.
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Did You Know?
Luigi Galvani was an Italian physician and physicist who, in the 1770s, studied the electrical nature of nerve impulses by applying electrical stimulation to frogs' leg muscles, causing them to contract. Although Galvani's theory that animal tissue contained an innate electrical impulse was disproven, the Italian word galvanismo came to describe a current of electricity especially when produced by chemical action. English speakers borrowed the word as galvanism around 1797; the verb galvanize appeared a few years later, in the early 19th century. Charlotte Brontë used the verb figuratively in her 1853 novel Villette: "Her approach always galvanized him to new and spasmodic life." These days, galvanize also means to cover metal with zinc or a zinc alloy to protect it from rust (as in galvanized carpentry nails).
GALVANIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of galvanize for English Language Learners
: to cause (people) to become so excited or concerned about an issue, idea, etc., that they want to do something about it
: to cause (a force that is capable of causing change) to become active
: to cover (steel or iron) with a layer of zinc to prevent it from rusting
GALVANIZE Defined for Kids
Definition of galvanize for Students
1 : to excite about something so that action is taken Increasing litter galvanized children to clean up the park.
2 : to coat with zinc for protection The steel was galvanized to prevent it from rusting.
Medical Definition of galvanize
: to subject to the action of an electric current especially for the purpose of stimulating physiologically galvanize a muscle
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