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energize

[en-er-jahyz] /ˈɛn ərˌdʒaɪz/
verb (used with object), energized, energizing.
1.
to give energy to; rouse into activity:
to energize the spirit with brave words.
2.
to supply electrical current to or store electrical energy in.
verb (used without object), energized, energizing.
3.
to be in operation; put forth energy.
Also, especially British, energise.
Origin of energize
1745-1755
1745-55; energ(y) + -ize
Related forms
reenergize, verb (used with object), reenergized, reenergizing.
superenergized, adjective
unenergized, adjective
Can be confused
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  • If, then, such current were employed to energise a magnet, that magnet would give 100 tugs per second.

  • No instinct is more inevitable, more sure to energise, than this.

  • Some firm conviction, she was sure, must energise him yet she respected him the more for concealing it.

  • Then the footman was told to energise the gramophone, which in its specially designed case stood in a corner.

    The Pretty Lady Arnold E. Bennett
  • The female potential must be adequate to energise the male powers of differentiation.

    Feminism and Sex-Extinction Arabella Kenealy
  • A woman who wins golf or hockey-matches may be said therefore to energise her muscles with the potential manhood of possible sons.

    Feminism and Sex-Extinction Arabella Kenealy
  • They represent contrary principles; they perform different functions; they engender and energise dissimilar processes.

    Feminism and Sex-Extinction Arabella Kenealy
  • The Romans relatively failed to develop the mythopœic faculty because their conditions caused them to energise more in other ways.

    The Evolution of States J. M. Robertson
British Dictionary definitions for energise

energize

/ˈɛnəˌdʒaɪz/
verb
1.
to have or cause to have energy; invigorate
2.
(transitive) to apply a source of electric current or electromotive force to (a circuit, field winding, etc)
Derived Forms
energizer, energiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for energise

energize

v.

1751; see energy + -ize. Related: Energized; energizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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