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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for electrify
Historical Examples
  • You won't be left in hiding after such a dbut; you'll electrify society!

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • We will dynamite them afterwards, and electrify them last of all.

    The Giant of the North R.M. Ballantyne
  • Now for a call upon my guest, to electrify him with my news.

    Little Nobody Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
  • The speech must electrify the public, even as it was then electrifying the House.

  • How may it electrify the soul, and suspend all its functions!

    Thoughts on Man William Godwin
  • Intelligence, mind, and will were fast bound in a corpse which they could not electrify.

    The Count's Millions Emile Gaboriau
  • It is not her province to electrify by vocal gymnastics; she is the conveyer of emotion.

    Famous Prima Donnas Lewis Clinton Strang
  • With opportunity given him, he had hoped one day to electrify the town.

    The Argosy Various
  • The Government has proposed gradually to electrify the whole system.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • Suppose she was not the first to startle and electrify her fellow town's people after all?

    The Honorable Miss L. T. Meade
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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