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

  1. (transitive) To communicate or supply 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.
    • 2014 October 25, Jeff Gordinier, “In search of the perfect taco”, in T: The New York Times Style Magazine (international edition)[1], page 100:
      The trailblazing Oaxacan chef Alejandro Ruiz [] has spiked this black-bean sauce with a hidden depth charge of flavor: patches of foliage from a local avocado tree. The leaves electrify the sauce with an unexpected thrum of black licorice.
  4. (intransitive) To become electric.
  5. to adapt (a home, farm, village, city, industry, railroad) for electric power

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