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electrify

Syllabification: e·lec·tri·fy
Pronunciation: /əˈlektrəˌfī
 
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Definition of electrify in English:

verb (electrifies, electrifying, electrified)

[with object]
1Charge with electricity; pass an electric current through: (as adjective electrified) an electrified fence
More example sentences
  • 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 railroad line) to the use of electrical power.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2 (often as adjective electrifying) Impress greatly; thrill: an electrifying performance
More example sentences
  • The thinking behind the move was that it would electrify voters with a charge of democratic zeal, and translate into 60 per cent voter turnout.
  • This ensemble electrifies the concert stage with their combination of technical virtuosity, vivid artistic interpretation and contagious exuberance in performance.
  • The crowd was electrified by what was arguably one of the best matches ever.

Origin

mid 18th century: from electric + -fy.

Derivatives

electrifier

1
Pronunciation: /-ˌfī(ə)r/
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with electrify

petrifygentrify • rarefy

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