Definition of galvanize in English:

galvanize

(also galvanise)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Shock or excite (someone) into taking action.

    ‘the urgency of his voice galvanized them into action’
    • ‘We feel certain that the campaign is helping to galvanise people into action.’
    • ‘But by galvanizing Americans around hydrogen fuel cell cars and retrofitting American gas stations to carry hydrogen, he offers a practical way to counter the financial power of terrorism.’
    • ‘It was both a new vehicle to galvanize followers and operating there meant fewer logistical difficulties since it was close by.’
    • ‘He did the same for Ireland, galvanising a middling team into a team that was far greater than the sum of its parts.’
    • ‘No sense of shock galvanizes the audience when we witness the details of her murder before he learns of it.’
    • ‘His genius though, is not only to mount a popular critique of industrial agriculture which resonates around the world, but to move on and build a viable, attractive alternative that galvanises people.’
    • ‘It should galvanise people to participate, to make their views known through the ballot box.’
    • ‘This is a pretty unsexy thing to say and is unlikely to galvanise people in the way that a call more ‘strong leaders’ will, but I still think it is a more important aim.’
    • ‘This had the effect of galvanising the visitors, with the ball spinning confidently down the line, pinning the home side briefly back against their line.’
    • ‘A perceived injustice, however real, galvanises him as much as anything that comes out of a bottle.’
    • ‘Tales of ecological woe, no matter how well-founded in science, rarely galvanize people to action.’
    • ‘The privatisation of state universities is galvanising students into action.’
    • ‘As your job in the United Nations Humanitarian Agency, it's your job to galvanize the people, to get their attention, to get them to take the money out of their pocket.’
    • ‘Frustration, disillusionment and above all a fear of the future began to galvanize people to write, question and think as they had not done before.’
    • ‘She could provide the required political leadership to galvanize her people, being the daughter of Indonesia's founding father.’
    • ‘In the long run, we pay an even heavier price by galvanizing opponents bent on freeing themselves from what they perceive as elitist disrespect for democratic governance.’
    • ‘He is hoping that going public will galvanize his fellow citizens.’
    • ‘The tool that Lady Macbeth uses to galvanize her husband into action is humiliation.’
    • ‘To attempt to land troops in Venezuela would have galvanised the people of South America against the invaders, which would have been bad for its image and worse for its geopolitics.’
    • ‘It came in 1990, undermining their magnanimity, but also galvanising me and my colleagues into human rights activism.’
    jolt, shock, startle, impel, stir, spur, prod, urge, motivate, stimulate, electrify, excite, rouse, arouse, awaken, invigorate, fire, fuel, animate, vitalize, energize, exhilarate, thrill, dynamize, inspire
    get someone going
    light a fire under, give someone a shot in the arm, give someone a kick
    inspirit, incentivize
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  • 2Coat (iron or steel) with a protective layer of zinc.

    ‘an old galvanized bucket’
    • ‘The extensively used galvanized steel is durable, economical, and virtually maintenance free.’
    • ‘Zinc metal used in the galvanizing process provides an impervious barrier between the steel substrate and corrosive elements in the atmosphere.’
    • ‘The floor is redwood, the supporting poles are of galvanized steel covered with split bamboo, and the back wall is covered with reed matting.’
    • ‘All wood components are treated with linen oil and all steel elements are galvanized.’
    • ‘Built of a strong timber-frame and wooden floors, the roofing was galvanized corrugated iron sheeting.’
    • ‘Our medium-duty galvanized trash can is designed to provide years of reliable performance.’
    • ‘As usual in this part of the country, roof coverings are galvanized corrugated steel.’
    • ‘When working with redwood, always use top quality, hot dipped galvanized, stainless steel or aluminum hardware.’
    • ‘The galvanised tubular steel pallet provides the necessary space for ventilation between the tanks and the ground.’
    • ‘There are two primary ways that chain-link fabric is galvanized (coated with zinc).’
    • ‘Steel is galvanized, walls are fairfaced concrete block, and floors are concrete or asphalt.’
    • ‘Gutters on older homes may be wood, galvanized sheet metal, or copper.’
    • ‘All residential fittings are made from a die cast aluminum or steel that has been galvanized.’
    • ‘The unit is made of heavy galvanised metal and can stay submerged in a river or dam for long periods without any corrosion.’
    • ‘Materials which slowly decompose at the temperature of the hot dip galvanising bath are suitable as frothing agents.’
    • ‘In order to achieve the best finish, the article should be designed to fit inside the galvanising bath in a single dip.’
    • ‘Zinc is used largely to galvanise iron and steel.’
    • ‘Even though galvanised iron was replacing some of the demand for slate, the quarries could barely keep up the supply.’
    • ‘The desktop is galvanized sheet metal, a material that is handsome and weather-resistant.’
    • ‘The primary use of zinc is in galvanizing other metals, especially iron and steel.’

noun

West indian
dialect
  • [mass noun] Galvanized tin sheeting, typically as used for roofing or fencing.

    ‘the rain was beating hard against Miss Orilie's galvanize’
    • ‘When you sit in your porch, instead of seeing lovely greenery or properly constructed homes, it's old galvanise, termite-ridden board and dirty looking water drums.’
    • ‘Five children sitting on a rusty piece of galvanise, under the shade of a mango tree, with their young mother greeted the Prime Minister.’
    • ‘Yesterday morning, residents complained that loose corrugated galvanise sheets left on the building's roof were blowing into the busy street and causing damage.’
    • ‘The use of alu-zinc or unpainted galvanise is also prohibited whether grant aided or not if planning is required.’
    • ‘Several pieces of galvanise sheets were strewn along the shore as the battered boats, some of which were overturned, sat atop piles of debris and slush.’

Origin

Early 19th century (in the sense ‘stimulate by electricity’): from French galvaniser (see Galvani, Luigi).

Pronunciation:

galvanize

/ˈɡalvənʌɪz/