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verb (used with object), e·lec·tri·fied, e·lec·tri·fy·ing.
- 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
Related formse·lec·tri·fi·ca·tion, noune·lec·tri·fi·er, nounnon·e·lec·tri·fi·ca·tion, nounnon·e·lec·tri·fied, adjectivepro·e·lec·tri·fi·ca·tion, adjectivere·e·lec·tri·fi·ca·tion, nounre·e·lec·tri·fy, verb (used with object), re·e·lec·tri·fied, re·e·lec·tri·fy·ing.un·e·lec·tri·fied, adjectiveun·e·lec·tri·fy·ing, adjective
First recorded in 1735–45; electr-
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Related Words for electrificationelation
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The movement was from a place of greater degree of electrification to one of less.
One is the "degree of electrification," the other, "the degree of hotness."
Some substances have the ability to transfer charges of electrification.
They must have electrification, better signaling, newer and larger terminals.
This leads us to believe that there are two kinds of electrification or two kinds of electrical charge.
British Dictionary definitions for electrification
Derived Formselectrifiable, adjectiveelectrification, nounelectrifier, noun verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
- 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
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Word Origin and History for electrification
1745, "to charge with electricity;" see electric + -fy. Figurative sense recorded by 1752. Related: Electrified; electrifying.
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