[ ih-lek-truh-fahy ]
/ ɪˈlɛk trəˌfaɪ /

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.

Nearby words

  1. electrician,
  2. electricity,
  3. electrides,
  4. electrification,
  5. electrified,
  6. electro,
  7. electro-,
  8. electro-discharge machining,
  9. electro-oculography,
  10. electro-optics

Origin of electrify

First recorded in 1735–45; electr- + -ify

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British Dictionary definitions for electrify


/ (ɪˈlɛktrɪˌfaɪ) /

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
Derived Formselectrifiable, adjectiveelectrification, nounelectrifier, noun

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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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