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energize

[en-er-jahyz]
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verb (used with object), en·er·gized, en·er·giz·ing.
  1. to give energy to; rouse into activity: to energize the spirit with brave words.
  2. to supply electrical current to or store electrical energy in.
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verb (used without object), en·er·gized, en·er·giz·ing.
  1. to be in operation; put forth energy.
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Also especially British, en·er·gise.

Origin of energize

First recorded in 1745–55; energ(y) + -ize
Related formsre·en·er·gize, verb (used with object), re·en·er·gized, re·en·er·giz·ing.su·per·en·er·gized, adjectiveun·en·er·gized, adjective
Can be confusedenergize enervate innervate invigorate
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Examples from the Web for energise

Historical Examples

  • No instinct is more inevitable, more sure to energise, than this.

    What Is and What Might Be

    Edmond Holmes

  • Then the footman was told to energise the gramophone, which in its specially designed case stood in a corner.

    The Pretty Lady

    Arnold E. Bennett

  • The Romans relatively failed to develop the mythopœic faculty because their conditions caused them to energise more in other ways.

  • Some firm conviction, she was sure, must energise him yet she respected him the more for concealing it.

  • If, then, such current were employed to energise a magnet, that magnet would give 100 tugs per second.


British Dictionary definitions for energise

energize

energise

verb
  1. to have or cause to have energy; invigorate
  2. (tr) to apply a source of electric current or electromotive force to (a circuit, field winding, etc)
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Derived Formsenergizer or energiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for energise

energize

v.

1751; see energy + -ize. Related: Energized; energizing.

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