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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. 2017.
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  • There was something about him which seemed to electrify and charm everyone who came within the circle of his personal influence.

    Reminiscences Hans Mattson
  • You won't be left in hiding after such a dbut; you'll electrify society!

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • The words seemed to electrify the usually slow mind to which the idea was addressed.

  • Now for a call upon my guest, to electrify him with my news.

    Little Nobody Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
  • The French electrify the world not by starting any paradox, they electrify it by carrying out a truism.

  • Intelligence, mind, and will were fast bound in a corpse which they could not electrify.

    The Count's Millions Emile Gaboriau
  • Ukridge's breezy way of expressing himself is apt to electrify the stranger.

    Love Among the Chickens P. G. Wodehouse
  • He gave Mr Dombey his hand, as if he feared it might electrify him.

    Dombey and Son Charles Dickens
  • The speech must electrify the public, even as it was then electrifying the House.

  • That answer appeared to electrify the lounging and lazy athlete.

    Man and Wife Wilkie Collins
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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