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From electric +‎ -ify


  • IPA(key): /ɪˈlɛktɹɪfaɪ/
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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.
    • 2020 May 20, Richard Clinnick, “Network News: Electrification key to decarbonisation”, in Rail, page 16:
      Baroness Randerson had asked if, following the publication of the Government's Decarbonising transport: setting the challenge report in March, there had been any consideration to electrify more rail lines - and if so, to prioritise routes between Cardiff and Swansea, in the East Midlands and in the Lake District. All had been planned for electrification before subsequently being cancelled.
  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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