verb (used with object), e·lec·tri·fied, e·lec·tri·fy·ing.
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-
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Related Words for electrifydisturb
Examples from the Web for electrify
Historical Examples of electrify
You won't be left in hiding after such a dbut; you'll electrify society!
We will dynamite them afterwards, and electrify them last of all.
Now for a call upon my guest, to electrify him with my news.
The speech must electrify the public, even as it was then electrifying the House.
How may it electrify the soul, and suspend all its functions!
British Dictionary definitions for electrify
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
Derived Formselectrifiable, adjectiveelectrification, nounelectrifier, noun
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 electrify
1745, "to charge with electricity;" see electric + -fy. Figurative sense recorded by 1752. Related: Electrified; electrifying.
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