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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
First recorded in 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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  • Some substances have the ability to transfer charges of electrification.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • The movement was from a place of greater degree of electrification to one of less.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • One is the "degree of electrification," the other, "the degree of hotness."

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • They must have electrification, better signaling, newer and larger terminals.

    Our Railroads To-Morrow Edward Hungerford
  • This leads us to believe that there are two kinds of electrification or two kinds of electrical charge.

  • A cold luminosity due to electrification, like that of the aurora borealis, would seem to fit the case better.

  • One would hardly have expected the virtually bankrupt Erie to accomplish much with the electrification of its lines.

    Our Railroads To-Morrow Edward Hungerford
  • After inspecting one of the posts for signs of electrification, we crawled under the bottom wire and started up the slope.

    The Image and the Likeness John Scott Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for electrification


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 electrification

1748; see electrify + -ation.



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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