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[ih-lek-truh-fahy] /ɪˈlɛk trəˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), electrified, electrifying.
to charge with or subject to electricity; apply electricity to.
to supply (a region, community, etc.) with electric power:
The valley wasn't electrified until 1936.
to equip for the use of electric power, as a railroad.
to excite greatly; thrill:
to electrify an audience.
Origin of electrify
1735-45; electr- + -ify
Related forms
electrification, noun
electrifier, noun
nonelectrification, noun
nonelectrified, adjective
proelectrification, adjective
reelectrification, noun
reelectrify, verb (used with object), reelectrified, reelectrifying.
unelectrified, adjective
unelectrifying, adjective
4. stir, rouse, dazzle. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for electrify
  • He could electrify an audience, even at mundane events such as an annual general meeting.
  • Life-goes-on movies usually don't electrify the senses, but this one stimulates moral imagination.
  • He will need to listen patiently and propose solutions in countless small town meetings, not simply electrify large arenas.
  • Not every quarterback can electrify a crowd by going four-for-10.
  • It's another big step forward for the two companies and their aggressive plans to electrify transportation.
  • Private industry hadn't found it profitable to electrify sparsely populated areas.
  • On the other, small modular systems can electrify isolated areas for which the cost of connection to the grid is prohibitive.
  • When an inverter continues to electrify the grid during an outage, that is called islanding.
  • The continuing work to electrify the transportation sector will also raise future demand for electricity.
  • It is not feasible to electrify the outer portion of all these routes.
British Dictionary definitions for electrify


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to adapt or equip (a system, device, etc) for operation by electrical power
to charge with or subject to electricity
to startle or excite intensely; shock or thrill
Derived Forms
electrifiable, adjective
electrification, noun
electrifier, noun
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Word Origin and History for electrify

1745, "to charge with electricity;" see electric + -fy. Figurative sense recorded by 1752. Related: Electrified; electrifying.

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