[ gal-vuh-nahyz ]
/ ˈgæl vəˌnaɪz /
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verb (used with object), gal·va·nized, gal·va·niz·ing.
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Also especially British, gal·va·nise .
Origin of galvanize
OTHER WORDS FROM galvanize
gal·va·ni·za·tion, noungal·va·niz·er, nounnon·gal·va·nized, adjectivepre·gal·va·nize, verb (used with object), pre·gal·va·nized, pre·gal·va·niz·ing.
re·gal·va·ni·za·tion, nounre·gal·va·nize, verb (used with object), re·gal·va·nized, re·gal·va·niz·ing.un·gal·va·nized, adjective
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How to use galvanize in a sentence
Those who have clung so hard to their bodies, must galvanise them again with rheumatism and senility and mortgage-ridden minds.The Hive|Will Levington Comfort
We only want someone to start and do something big to galvanise the smaller investors into action.The Sequel|George A. Taylor
The conferences were quite businesslike, and Admiral Koltchak's presence seemed to galvanise the whole army into life and energy.With the "Die-Hards" in Siberia|John Ward
All his appetites were wasted and worn; only some monstrosity would galvanise them into momentary action.Catherine: A Story|William Makepeace Thackeray
The sight of the dead man, however, seemed to galvanise him into sudden and awful vitality.The Black Box|E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for galvanize
/ (ˈɡælvəˌnaɪz) /
to stimulate to action; excite; startle
to cover (iron, steel, etc) with a protective zinc coating by dipping into molten zinc or by electrodeposition
to stimulate by application of an electric current
Caribbean galvanized iron, usually in the form of corrugated sheets as used in roofing
Derived forms of galvanizegalvanization or galvanisation, noungalvanizer or galvaniser, noun
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