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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.
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 electrifying
  • Also, look into electrifying the highways, high speed rail and use the auto for local travel.
  • It is also a masterpiece, the electrifying literary event of the year.
  • They explore their bodies more, discovering that certain areas yield more electrifying feelings than others.
  • The vibrant plasma tube illuminates the room with its electrifying lightning effects.
  • The momentum changed for good in the fifth round, which featured electrifying action.
  • He can turn either the upper or the lower body into an electrifying vehicle of rapid pulsation.
  • The mainstream house music and party atmosphere are electrifying.
  • Check out the background for the video it's bright, vibrant, electrifying and upbeat.
  • Later testing of the unit revealed that the compressor unit had an internal short, subsequently electrifying the case.
  • Supports electrifying of truck stops and enforcing idling.
British Dictionary definitions for electrifying


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 electrifying



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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