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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 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
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 electrify
1745, "to charge with electricity;" see electric + -fy. Figurative sense recorded by 1752. Related: Electrified; electrifying.
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