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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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  • The speech must electrify the public, even as it was then electrifying the House.

  • The sound of the gong, seconded by the electrifying and resonant "Aboard!"

  • A few weeks later came the electrifying news of his engagement to his second cousin, Cecil Charnock.

    The Three Brides Charlotte M. Yonge
  • The process of electrifying a body is very different from that of magnetizing it.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • As he made that first wild, electrifying leap he began shooting.

    Frank Merriwell's Triumph Burt L. Standish
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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