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From electric +‎ -ify


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

  1. (transitive) To supply electricity to; to charge with electricity.
    to electrify a cable
  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 adapt (a home, farm, village, city, industry, railroad) for electric power.
  4. (transitive) To strongly excite, especially by something delightful or inspiring; to thrill.
    Her performance in the play electrified the audience.
    • 1848, Thomas Babington Macaulay, The History of England from the Accession of James II Chapter I
      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.
    • 1876, George Eliot, Daniel Deronda
      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.
  5. (intransitive) To become electric.

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