Definition of electrify in US English:

electrify

verb

[with object]
  • 1Charge with electricity; pass an electric current through.

    ‘an electrified fence’
    • ‘If it is dark, you may not be able to see the fallen power line that has electrified the puddle of water or the cracked tree limb about to crash down onto the sidewalk.’
    • ‘What about if you only had one or two strands of wire but they were electrified?’
    • ‘I would suggest that the fence should be electrified.’
    • ‘Blue fire raced across the wire mesh of the net; it was electrified.’
    • ‘By doing this there is no current loss and all the fence line will be electrified.’
    • ‘Construction of the four-and-a-half mile timber and wire fence and an inner electrified fence will begin in April, according to the project manager.’
    • ‘We were told there would be a romper room, but it seems there are only dangerous, mined areas and electrified chain fences where kids could easily injure themselves on flying shrapnel.’
    • ‘Well at least they knew the fence wasn't electrified.’
    • ‘Then electrified hurricane barbed wire was looped across the top of the fence, its barbs laced with deadly blowfish toxin.’
    • ‘Place a normal rat in a cage with a grid floor, sound a tone, and then briefly electrify the grid with a current that will feel painful to the rat (but not strong enough to cause any damage to the rat's paws).’
    • ‘The new electrified vehicles are faster and more comfortable than the buses currently operating on the line.’
    • ‘At Leyland, a car travelling along the motorway left the roadway, travelled down the motorway embankment and across the high speed electrified main lines before coming to rest on the slow lines.’
    • ‘In seconds, his life is snuffed out as the wire is electrified because of improper insulation.’
    • ‘You also can use five strands of barbed wire or a five-strand New Zealand fence with two strands electrified.’
    • ‘This means that when you electrify wires in camp while the feed lines into camp are dead, you're also electrifying the power lines out of camp.’
    • ‘They're completely unsafe, I'm sure they would be banned in America: they run on batteries, and have fine wires which are electrified when you push a button on the side of the handle.’
    • ‘The fence, now electrified no longer and partially nonexistent, sagged pitifully.’
    • ‘He was electrified by a ‘bull wire’ fence around his home, because he believed a man in the area was going to blow his head off.’
    1. 1.1 Convert (a machine or system, especially a railroad line) to the use of electrical power.
      • ‘Certainly If the Caldervale lines were electrified, the class 333 trains could be used on all the through journeys from north to south.’
      • ‘There would be no point in us electrifying a line unless Scot-Rail bought some trains to run on it.’
      • ‘In later years, the tarries were electrified, and poles held the trolley wire.’
      • ‘When the lines were electrified, great care was taken to minimise the negative aesthetic impact of overhead wires and line poles.’
      • ‘After a few more years, we were delighted to find that there were plans to electrify the line and, after considerable disruption, trains began stopping at our station once again.’
      • ‘A couple of years later, power lines were run over Imogene Pass, and the Camp Bird mine was electrified.’
      • ‘This new route presents a golden opportunity to use the rolling stock that was mostly idled when the Blainville line was electrified.’
      • ‘The current schedule is nearly 40 years old, introduced when the system was electrified.’
      • ‘Work is due to start next year on a 340 million euro project to upgrade and electrify the main railway line from Plovdiv to Svilengrad near the Turkish border.’
      • ‘The darkness was the result of one of those choices imposed on supposedly electrified villages that have no control over when the ‘current’ will come each day.’
      • ‘The Manpower Northern Electricity Consortium which was awarded the contract to electrify the area was currently having negotiations with Government to give the concessions.’
      • ‘One obvious way would be to electrify important sections of our rail network.’
      • ‘The rails aren't electrified; wires are run through the channels so that electrical devices can be powered at predetermined positions along the rails.’
      • ‘Temporary fences can be electrified by connecting to a mains boundary fence.’
      • ‘The company concedes that the present timetable, which was set out when the system was electrified in 1967, cannot cope with increasing passenger numbers.’
      • ‘It was the first of the big companies to electrify its lines, in the early part of the 20th century, and the only one to branch out into the big-time property market.’
      • ‘He added: ‘It is now coming home that the Glasgow to Edinburgh route will never be anything more than a ‘touch and go’ service until the line is fully electrified.’’
      • ‘They got in before our security guard came on duty, but I am now electrifying the fence and getting 24-hour protection.’
      • ‘Particularly if the rail system was electrified, it would not put the same degree of fumes into the air as motor vehicles do.’
      • ‘We are electrifying the system as we go to make provision for future developments, Mr Lalor said.’
      convert to electricity, wire up, install electric wiring in
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  • 2often as adjective electrifyingImpress greatly; thrill.

    ‘an electrifying performance’
    • ‘And when that news came out, people were absolutely electrified.’
    • ‘Chelsea's continued interest in Barcelona's electrifying striker Samuel Eto'o has only intensified the clubs' mutual dislike.’
    • ‘At that moment, Galway would have been electrified by a sudden current of adrenaline and optimism, every player bursting for the next ball.’
    • ‘Devin Hester, the Hurricanes' most electrifying player, returned two punts for scores.’
    • ‘The very early material makes its own case more powerfully than ever, electrifying the crowd.’
    • ‘His sexual charisma, panther-like grace, and blazing dramatic presence electrified audiences and inspired a new generation of male dancers.’
    • ‘Come with me down these echoing stairs into the lovely suite known as Radiology, where the internal secrets of even the most electrifying celebrities are exposed with all their flaws.’
    • ‘The light gleamed in his iris just the right way and electrified the moment.’
    • ‘Since their inception in July 1999, they've been electrifying crowds all over Canada with their unique style and socially concious lyrics.’
    • ‘He had an electric and electrifying personality and it comes through in his music.’
    • ‘They here inspire Hickox and his team to performances just as electrifying as those they have given of the great series of late Haydn masses.’
    • ‘The Thames was frozen and the vast auditorium less than a third full, but from his first appearance the small, swarthy actor electrified the audience.’
    • ‘What is happening here is electrifying people with ambition throughout the world.’
    • ‘The thinking behind the move was that it would electrify voters with a charge of democratic zeal, and translate into 60 per cent voter turnout.’
    • ‘For Wilkins, being called one of the most electrifying players in the game's history is the highest compliment he can receive.’
    • ‘He was electrifying the crowd in a way you seldom see a politician manage to pull off.’
    • ‘I started with a shrimp dish, which electrified me.’
    • ‘Devin Hester, the Hurricanes’ most electrifying player, returned two punts for scores.’
    • ‘So we have the most versatile, electrifying offensive player in the game, but he cannot even make a top 10 list because he plays for a team with a bad defense.’
    • ‘Nervousness is sickening, excitement is electrifying.’
    • ‘Guerrero, 27, is one of the game's most electrifying players, a hitter equally adept at crushing pitches that are a foot over his head or an inch off the ground.’
    • ‘At 23, Morton is one of Britain's most electrifying young actors.’
    • ‘The crowd was electrified by what was arguably one of the best matches ever.’
    • ‘When he emerged from the London to Runcorn train journey who should he see to electrify him back to life?’
    • ‘The city immediately was electrified and energized; Washington is a football town, and not even Michael Jordan's hiring had this kind of uplifting effect on the citizenry.’
    • ‘Woods, an extremely athletic player who surprisingly fell to No.21 in the draft, had three electrifying dunks off lob passes.’
    • ‘These reform organizations electrified Americans with the sense that society could be fundamentally altered and improved, that evil could be overcome with sufficient effort and God's help.’
    • ‘Pavel Bure is an elite player - probably the most electrifying player I've ever coached.’
    • ‘This is the most electrifying offensive player in the game; the fact he plays for Indiana is merely an unfortunate coincidence.’
    • ‘In his prime, Sanders was the most electrifying player in football, and he still shows flashes of it now that he's on the Baltimore Ravens.’
    • ‘This ensemble electrifies the concert stage with their combination of technical virtuosity, vivid artistic interpretation and contagious exuberance in performance.’
    • ‘They can take Reggie Bush, the most electrifying player in this class, but they really don't need a running back.’
    • ‘And both LaMontagne and Oberst are electrified into activity by some of the same currents that originally charged Dylan.’
    • ‘One of the most electrifying players in the world wants to be a part of a winner for the United States.’
    • ‘A strange new feeling, electrifying and thrilling, ran through her body.’
    • ‘His stage performance that night electrified the crowd and it led to a recording opportunity.’
    • ‘Julian sang each note with heartfelt sincerity as Blake's blistering guitar work electrified the audience.’
    excite, thrill, stimulate, arouse, rouse, inspire, stir, stir up, exhilarate, intoxicate, galvanize, move, motivate, fire, fire with enthusiasm, fire someone's imagination, invigorate, animate, get someone going
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Origin

Mid 18th century: from electric + -fy.

Pronunciation

electrify

/əˈlektrəˌfī//əˈlɛktrəˌfaɪ/