Definition of galvanize in English:

galvanize

verb

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

    ‘the urgency of his voice galvanized them into action’
    • ‘A perceived injustice, however real, galvanises him as much as anything that comes out of a bottle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The privatisation of state universities is galvanising students into action.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The tool that Lady Macbeth uses to galvanize her husband into action is humiliation.’
    • ‘He is hoping that going public will galvanize his fellow citizens.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was both a new vehicle to galvanize followers and operating there meant fewer logistical difficulties since it was close by.’
    • ‘Tales of ecological woe, no matter how well-founded in science, rarely galvanize people to action.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 did the same for Ireland, galvanising a middling team into a team that was far greater than the sum of its parts.’
    • ‘We feel certain that the campaign is helping to galvanise people into action.’
    • ‘She could provide the required political leadership to galvanize her people, being the daughter of Indonesia's founding father.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No sense of shock galvanizes the audience when we witness the details of her murder before he learns of it.’
    • ‘It should galvanise people to participate, to make their views known through the ballot box.’
    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’
    • ‘Steel is galvanized, walls are fairfaced concrete block, and floors are concrete or asphalt.’
    • ‘As usual in this part of the country, roof coverings are galvanized corrugated steel.’
    • ‘The extensively used galvanized steel is durable, economical, and virtually maintenance free.’
    • ‘The floor is redwood, the supporting poles are of galvanized steel covered with split bamboo, and the back wall is covered with reed matting.’
    • ‘The galvanised tubular steel pallet provides the necessary space for ventilation between the tanks and the ground.’
    • ‘When working with redwood, always use top quality, hot dipped galvanized, stainless steel or aluminum hardware.’
    • ‘Gutters on older homes may be wood, galvanized sheet metal, or copper.’
    • ‘The primary use of zinc is in galvanizing other metals, especially iron and steel.’
    • ‘Built of a strong timber-frame and wooden floors, the roofing was galvanized corrugated iron sheeting.’
    • ‘Zinc metal used in the galvanizing process provides an impervious barrier between the steel substrate and corrosive elements in the atmosphere.’
    • ‘Even though galvanised iron was replacing some of the demand for slate, the quarries could barely keep up the supply.’
    • ‘Materials which slowly decompose at the temperature of the hot dip galvanising bath are suitable as frothing agents.’
    • ‘Zinc is used largely to galvanise iron and steel.’
    • ‘The unit is made of heavy galvanised metal and can stay submerged in a river or dam for long periods without any corrosion.’
    • ‘Our medium-duty galvanized trash can is designed to provide years of reliable performance.’
    • ‘There are two primary ways that chain-link fabric is galvanized (coated with zinc).’
    • ‘All wood components are treated with linen oil and all steel elements are galvanized.’
    • ‘The desktop is galvanized sheet metal, a material that is handsome and weather-resistant.’
    • ‘All residential fittings are made from a die cast aluminum or steel that has been galvanized.’
    • ‘In order to achieve the best finish, the article should be designed to fit inside the galvanising bath in a single dip.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

galvanize

/ˈɡalvəˌnīz/