Definition of electrify in English:


Line breaks: elec|trify
Pronunciation: /ɪˈlɛktrɪfʌɪ

verb (electrifies, electrifying, electrified)

[with object]
  • 1Charge (a medium) with electricity; pass an electric current through: (as adjective electrified) an electrified fence
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    • Construction of the four-and-a-half mile timber and wire fence and an inner electrified fence will begin in April, according to the project manager.
    • We were told there would be a romper room, but it seems there are only dangerous, mined areas and electrified chain fences where kids could easily injure themselves on flying shrapnel.
    • Well at least they knew the fence wasn't electrified.
  • 1.1Convert (a machine or system, especially a railway line) to the use of electrical power: the east coast main line has been electrified
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    • When the lines were electrified, great care was taken to minimise the negative aesthetic impact of overhead wires and line poles.
    • He added: ‘It is now coming home that the Glasgow to Edinburgh route will never be anything more than a ‘touch and go’ service until the line is fully electrified.’
    • The company concedes that the present timetable, which was set out when the system was electrified in 1967, cannot cope with increasing passenger numbers.
    convert to electricity, wire up, install electric wiring in



Pronunciation: /-fɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • Martin had grown up without electricity and electrification of his neighbourhood only occurred in the mid-1990s.
  • For many of the two billion people living in rural Third World communities who lack electricity, solar cells will be the best bet for electrification.
  • Thomas Edison's light bulb created a demand for the electrification of homes.


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  • Most of the book and its novel material concern the encounter between rural electrifiers and farmers.
  • The blood electrifier is a relatively simple multivibrator circuit that produces a square wave output at 3.92 Hz.
  • Up to a Five KM Fence may Be Electrified with One Electrifier Unit.


mid 18th century: from electric + -fy.

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