to startle into sudden activity; stimulate.
to coat (metal, especially iron or steel) with zinc.
- Also especially British, gal·va·nise .
- 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
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How to use galvanize in a sentence
The three-month stretch between the symbolic kickoff and close of America’s summer has both galvanized broad public support for the racial justice movement and exposed the obstacles to turning that support into concrete political and policy changes.A summer of protests exposed deep demands for change—and entrenched obstacles | kdunn6 | September 7, 2020 | Fortune
Amazon had just acquired Whole Foods a few months earlier in 2017, galvanizing grocery chains to take a harder look at their digital capabilities.
I think they’re saying that until you acknowledge that there’s a problem that something’s important, few of us really galvanize around a solution.Full Transcript: Sean Spicer on ‘The Carlos Watson Show’ | Daniel Malloy | August 26, 2020 | Ozy
Music and culture are inextricably tied to concrete historical and technological developments that galvanize America.Multicultural audiences are making nuanced media choices | Vevo | August 25, 2020 | Digiday
I think people felt that his presidency was too bureaucratic or too technocratic so that he wasn’t really taking advantage of the possibility of galvanizing a public.Does the President Matter as Much as You Think? (Ep. 404) | Stephen J. Dubner | February 6, 2020 | Freakonomics
The book is a manifesto—a single-handed attempt to galvanize the world to take to the streets.Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’ Will Change Nothing | Michael Signer | November 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Do you think the film will galvanize enough interest to re-open the search for Yaser?
It would galvanize a part of the left, and then the question becomes, how do you keep them motivated for a general election?Elizabeth Warren’s Biggest Donors Warn Her Not to Run for President | David Freedlander | July 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The current firestorm should galvanize critics of education reform, but not in the way they think.De Blasio Misread His Mandate, Now Some of His Own Supporters are Fighting Back Over Charter School Cuts | Conor P. Williams | March 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But in this bitter race, the saga surely helped Schweikert galvanize his base, which will be critical to winning the primary.
The student is skillfully insulated from any mental shock that might galvanize him into original intellectual life.The Behavior of Crowds | Everett Dean Martin
Of what use then, to try to galvanize the dead past into the semblance of vitality?The Girl of the Period and Other Social Essays, Vol. II (of 2) | Eliza Lynn Linton
Not even a warm, brilliant sun can galvanize the corpse of the bare ungainly earth.American Big-Game Hunting | Various
I do hope we can galvanize our friends in every State to concentrate all their money and forces upon South Dakota the coming year.The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 2 of 2) | Ida Husted Harper
It does not express common, strong ideas, which easily galvanize popular attention dulled by toil.Decadence and Other Essays on the Culture of Ideas | Remy de Gourmont
British Dictionary definitions for galvanize
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
- galvanization or galvanisation, noun
- galvanizer or galvaniser, noun
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