[ gal-vuh-nahyz ]
See synonyms for: galvanizegalvanizedgalvanizinggalvanization on

verb (used with object),gal·va·nized, gal·va·niz·ing.
  1. to stimulate by or as if by a galvanic current.

  2. Medicine/Medical. to stimulate or treat (muscles or nerves) with induced direct current (distinguished from faradize).

  1. to startle into sudden activity; stimulate.

  2. to coat (metal, especially iron or steel) with zinc.

Origin of galvanize

First recorded in 1795–1805; from French galvaniser, named after Luigi Galvani; see -ize
  • Also especially British, gal·va·nise .

Other words for galvanize

Other words from galvanize

  • gal·va·ni·za·tion, noun
  • gal·va·niz·er, noun
  • non·gal·va·nized, adjective
  • pre·gal·va·nize, verb (used with object), pre·gal·va·nized, pre·gal·va·niz·ing.
  • re·gal·va·ni·za·tion, noun
  • re·gal·va·nize, verb (used with object), re·gal·va·nized, re·gal·va·niz·ing.
  • un·gal·va·nized, adjective

Words Nearby galvanize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use galvanize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for galvanize



/ (ˈɡælvəˌnaɪz) /

  1. to stimulate to action; excite; startle

  2. to cover (iron, steel, etc) with a protective zinc coating by dipping into molten zinc or by electrodeposition

  1. to stimulate by application of an electric current

  1. Caribbean galvanized iron, usually in the form of corrugated sheets as used in roofing

Derived forms of galvanize

  • galvanization or galvanisation, noun
  • galvanizer or galvaniser, noun

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