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[en-er-jahyz] /ˈɛn ərˌdʒaɪz/
verb (used with object), energized, energizing.
to give energy to; rouse into activity:
to energize the spirit with brave words.
to supply electrical current to or store electrical energy in.
verb (used without object), energized, energizing.
to be in operation; put forth energy.
Also, especially British, energise.
Origin of energize
First recorded in 1745-55; energ(y) + -ize
Related forms
reenergize, verb (used with object), reenergized, reenergizing.
superenergized, adjective
unenergized, adjective
Can be confused Unabridged
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  • Give three minutes morning and night to the exercises below and you will straighten, develop, heal, and energize your body.

    Supreme Personality Delmer Eugene Croft
  • He needed the stimulation of sex completely to energize his faculties.

    The Burning Secret Stefan Zweig
  • It imported Western campaigning techniques and made bold promises to revitalize and energize the economy.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Someone think to energize the Executive Block's battle fields?

    Lion Loose James H. Schmitz
  • Manners aim to facilitate life, to get rid of impediments, and bring the man pure to energize.

    Essays Ralph Waldo Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for energize


to have or cause to have energy; invigorate
(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 energize

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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