Definition of electrocute in English:

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electrocute

Pronunciation: /əˈlektrəˌkyo͞ot/

verb

[with object]
Injure or kill someone by electric shock: a man was electrocuted when he switched on the Christmas tree lights
More example sentences
  • But if someone just says his washing machine is a bad one, you don't know yet whether it tears the clothes into strips or soaks them in oily water or just doesn't move at all when you switch on, or electrocutes the children when they go near it.
  • Simultaneously, shivers thundered up his spine as if electrocuting him.
  • The principal electrical inspector at Health and Safety Executive, who investigated the incident said: ‘A fraction of an amp is all that is needed to electrocute you.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from electro-, on the pattern of execute.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: e·lec·tro·cute

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