- to give energy to; rouse into activity: to energize the spirit with brave words.
- to supply electrical current to or store electrical energy in.
- to be in operation; put forth energy.
Also especially British, en·er·gise.
Origin of energize
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Examples from the Web for energize
A decade ago, gays were a wedge issue used by Republicans to energize the base.It Gets Better—but Mostly if You Live in a Rich, Democratic Country
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I think they were trying to energize their base, the Tea Party base, the right wing nuts, whatever you want to call them.OK County GOP Learns That KKK 'Discussions' Not Welcome
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But when Obama needed to energize gay voters in the spring of 2012, his evolution was suddenly complete.The New Era of Evolution Helps Pols Switch Stance on Issues from Gay Marriage to Immigration
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They are extremely focused, and they know what works to energize their base.Ultra-Orthodox Party Runs Against Math
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These beguiling theories can energize or console political partisans.Answering Tomasky
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Our power to energize is from God and constantly sustained by God.The Theistic Conception of the World
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He needed the stimulation of sex completely to energize his faculties.The Burning Secret
Someone think to energize the Executive Block's battle fields?Lion Loose
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A true master purpose will quicken and energize the whole being.The Hearth-Stone
Yet a vitalizing power, some inner dynamo, never failed to energize him.Caravans By Night
- to have or cause to have energy; invigorate
- (tr) to apply a source of electric current or electromotive force to (a circuit, field winding, etc)
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Word Origin and History for energize
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