verb (used with object), gal·va·nized, gal·va·niz·ing.
Examples from the Web for galvanize
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|DAILY BEAST
Do you think the film will galvanize enough interest to re-open the search for Yaser?
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|DAILY BEAST
But in this bitter race, the saga surely helped Schweikert galvanize his base, which will be critical to winning the primary.
So I would not doubt that yesterday's decision will galvanize conservative voters.
Love is the only impulse which could galvanize him into life.
We shall see further on what persistent but abortive efforts were made in Congress once more to galvanize it into life.Abraham Lincoln, A History, Volume 2|John George Nicolay and John Hay
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
Teachers kill the natural interest, and then try to galvanize its dead body into temporary activity.Dickens As an Educator|James L. (James Laughlin) Hughes
To sap the will, to galvanize the mind as from a German electric battery, palsied resistance to aggressive Germania.Villa Elsa|Stuart Henry
British Dictionary definitions for galvanize
Word Origin and History for galvanize
1802, from French galvaniser, from galvanisme (see galvanism). Figurative sense of "excite, stimulate (as if by electricity)" first recorded 1853. Meaning "to coat with metal by means of galvanic electricity" (especially to plate iron with tin, but now typically to plate it with zinc) is from 1839.
He'll swear that in her dancing she cuts all others out,
Though like a Gal that's galvanized, she throws her legs about.
[Thomas Hood, "Love has not Eyes," 1845]
Related: Galvanized; galvanizing.