verb (used with object), en·er·gized, en·er·giz·ing.

to give energy to; rouse into activity: to energize the spirit with brave words.
to supply electrical current to or store electrical energy in.

verb (used without object), en·er·gized, en·er·giz·ing.

to be in operation; put forth energy.

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 energize

Contemporary Examples of energize

Historical Examples of energize

  • Our power to energize is from God and constantly sustained by God.

    The Theistic Conception of the World

    B. F. (Benjamin Franklin) Cocker

  • He needed the stimulation of sex completely to energize his faculties.

    The Burning Secret

    Stefan Zweig

  • Someone think to energize the Executive Block's battle fields?

    Lion Loose

    James H. Schmitz

  • A true master purpose will quicken and energize the whole being.

    The Hearth-Stone

    Samuel Osgood

  • Yet a vitalizing power, some inner dynamo, never failed to energize him.

    Caravans By Night

    Harry Hervey

British Dictionary definitions for energize




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

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

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