electrify

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electrify (third-person singular simple present electrifies, present participle electrifying, simple past and past participle electrified)

  1. (transitive) To communicate electricity to; to charge with electricity.
    to electrify a jar
  2. (transitive) To cause electricity to pass through; to affect by electricity; to give an electric shock to.
    to electrify a limb, or the body
  3. (transitive) To excite suddenly and violently, especially by something highly delightful or inspiriting; to thrill.
    This patriotic sentiment electrified the audience.
    • Macaulay
      If the sovereign were now to immure a subject in defiance of the writ of habeas corpus [] the whole nation would be instantly electrified by the news.
    • George Eliot
      Try whether she could electrify Mr. Grandcourt by mentioning it to him at table.
  4. (intransitive) To become electric.

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