galvanize

verb
gal·​va·​nize | \ ˈgal-və-ˌnīz How to pronounce galvanize (audio) \
galvanized; galvanizing

Definition of galvanize

transitive verb

1a : to subject to the action of an electric current especially for the purpose of stimulating physiologically galvanize a muscle
b : 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

intransitive verb

: to react as if stimulated by an electric shock they galvanized into action

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Other Words from galvanize

galvanization \ ˌgal-​və-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce galvanization (audio) \ noun
galvanizer \ ˈgal-​və-​ˌnī-​zər How to pronounce galvanizer (audio) \ noun

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
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Recent Examples on the Web Cause célèbre The case has become a cause célèbre that has galvanized a variety of different interests. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "How a turf war and a botched contract landed 2 pentesters in Iowa jail," 13 Nov. 2019 The racial incident that has galvanized UConn has prompted students like Balogun and Felix to reflect not only on current campus culture, but also on their long-term goals. Eliza Fawcett, courant.com, "‘If you’re the only black person, you just feel small’: UConn students reflect on culture of casual racism after students arrested for yelling racial slur," 23 Oct. 2019 Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam folded in September, promising to withdraw the divisive extradition bill that had galvanized protests across the financial center, and has lasted over half a year. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "The Hong Kong Protests Are Already Having an Impact on Estée Lauder," 17 Sep. 2019 In turn that has galvanized opposition in the US Congress to supplying weapons and assistance to the coalition. Tim Lister, CNN, "Cracks are appearing in the Mideast's most important alliance. That's bad news for Trump," 22 Aug. 2019 Another turning point in Wallace’s life was the 1962 accidental death of his 19-year-old son Peter while on vacation in Greece, a tragedy that galvanized Wallace to concentrate his energy on serious news. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Mike Wallace Is Here’ is as tough minded as the man himself," 2 Aug. 2019 Another turning point in Wallace’s life was the 1962 accidental death of his 19-year-old son Peter while on vacation in Greece, a tragedy that galvanized Wallace to concentrate his energy on serious news. Kenneth Turan, chicagotribune.com, "‘Mike Wallace Is Here’ review:," 29 July 2019 Tamir’s killing came amid a series of deaths at the hands of police that had galvanized communities across the county. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Gazebo where Tamir Rice was shot to be dedicated at Chicago museum: live coverage," 23 June 2019 This June marks the 50th anniversary of New York City’s Stonewall riots, the June 1969 uprising that galvanized the LGBTQ rights movement in the United States and beyond. Ivan Quintanilla, National Geographic, "These monuments honor LGBTQ history around the world," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of galvanize

1802, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for galvanize

borrowed from French galvaniser, from Luigi galvani (who conducted pioneering experiments in bioelectricity) + -iser -ize

Note: See note at galvanism.

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16 Feb 2020

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“Galvanize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/galvanizing. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for galvanize

galvanize

verb
How to pronounce galvanize (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of galvanize

: 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
technical : to cover (steel or iron) with a layer of zinc to prevent it from rusting

galvanize

verb
gal·​va·​nize | \ ˈgal-və-ˌnīz How to pronounce galvanize (audio) \
galvanized; galvanizing

Kids Definition of galvanize

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.

galvanize

transitive verb
gal·​va·​nize
variants: or British galvanise \ ˈgal-​və-​ˌnīz How to pronounce galvanise (audio) \
galvanized or British galvanised; galvanizing or British galvanising

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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