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[en-er-jahyz] /ˈɛn ərˌdʒaɪz/
verb (used with object), energized, energizing.
to give energy to; rouse into activity:
to energize the spirit with brave words.
to supply electrical current to or store electrical energy in.
verb (used without object), energized, energizing.
to be in operation; put forth energy.
Also, especially British, energise.
Origin of energize
1745-55; energ(y) + -ize
Related forms
reenergize, verb (used with object), reenergized, reenergizing.
superenergized, adjective
unenergized, adjective
Can be confused Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for energize


to have or cause to have energy; invigorate
(transitive) to apply a source of electric current or electromotive force to (a circuit, field winding, etc)
Derived Forms
energizer, energiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for energize

1751; see energy + -ize. Related: Energized; energizing.

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