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electrify

[ih-lek-truh-fahy]
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verb (used with object), e·lec·tri·fied, e·lec·tri·fy·ing.
  1. to charge with or subject to electricity; apply electricity to.
  2. to supply (a region, community, etc.) with electric power: The valley wasn't electrified until 1936.
  3. to equip for the use of electric power, as a railroad.
  4. to excite greatly; thrill: to electrify an audience.
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Origin of electrify

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

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Related Words for electrifying

disturb, energize, invigorate, stir, excite, astound, jolt, amaze, startle, astonish, galvanize, animate, rouse, stun, power, fire, shock, jar, stagger, send

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British Dictionary definitions for electrifying

electrify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to adapt or equip (a system, device, etc) for operation by electrical power
  2. to charge with or subject to electricity
  3. to startle or excite intensely; shock or thrill
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Derived Formselectrifiable, adjectiveelectrification, nounelectrifier, noun
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Word Origin and History for electrifying

electrify

v.

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

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