[ en-er-jahyz ]
See synonyms for: energizeenergizedenergizing on Thesaurus.com

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.

verb (used without object),en·er·gized, en·er·giz·ing.
  1. to be in operation; put forth energy.

Origin of energize

First recorded in 1745–55; energ(y) + -ize
  • Also especially British, en·er·gise .

Other words from energize

  • re·en·er·gize, verb (used with object), re·en·er·gized, re·en·er·giz·ing.
  • su·per·en·er·gized, adjective
  • un·en·er·gized, adjective

Words that may be confused with energize

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use energize in a sentence

  • Then imagine that that catch is operated by an electro-magnet energised by the current which passes through the coherer.

  • A magnet, being energised by current passing through the foil, holds up a curved bar over two cups of mercury.

  • But yet, in point of fact, what was it that inspired and energised the earlier processes, if not this same Divine Influx?

    Feminism and Sex-Extinction | Arabella Kenealy
  • On the other hand, matter in a state of degradation may expel particles highly energised and of enormous velocity.

  • Where a man unwittingly tended to let things slide they exhorted and energised.

    In Mesopotamia | Martin Swayne

British Dictionary definitions for energize



/ (ˈɛnəˌdʒaɪz) /

  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)

Derived forms of energize

  • energizer or energiser, noun

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012