energize

verb
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

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 Now, on the brink of a potential Supreme Court victory that has been a decades-long goal for the antiabortion movement, activists see federal legislation as a new way to energize core conservative voters over the next two national election cycles. Caroline Kitchener, Anchorage Daily News, 3 May 2022 Activists see federal legislation as a new way to energize core conservative voters over the next two national election cycles. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 3 May 2022 Now, on the brink of a potential Supreme Court victory that has been a decades-long goal for the antiabortion movement, activists see federal legislation as a new way to energize core conservative voters over the next two national election cycles. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 If the goal of this unusual step was to energize Republicans closely watching redistricting in Florida, then mission accomplished. Steve Contorno, CNN, 18 Jan. 2022 Fath said in a press release that the primary purpose of his gift is to energize others to support Purcell Marian and the field complex fund. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 22 Apr. 2021 Some observers speculate Democrats could benefit from a third presidential run by the polarizing Trump because his candidacy could energize a progressive base otherwise not enthused by Biden. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2022 Both draw on a broader effort on the part of Republicans to energize their base with cultural issues. Rick Klein, ABC News, 9 Mar. 2022 But Youngkin, too, has nationalized the campaign, looking to energize Republicans with the possibility of a resurgence after the party's 2020 loss. Dan Merica, CNN, 15 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of energize

circa 1865, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

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13 May 2022

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“Energize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/energize. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for energize

energize

verb
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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