galvanize
[ gal-vuh-nahyz ]
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Part of Speechverb
Origin + Etymology
Early-19th century; English;from French and in relation to Luigi Galvani, a pioneer in bioelectromagnetics
Synonyms
    1.
  • energize invigorate excite
    2.
  • shock energize electrify stimulate
Antonyms
    1.
  • bore dishearten dissuade
    2.
  • drain
Definition
1.to startle into sudden activity; stimulate
2.to stimulate by or as if by a galvanic current
Examples
1.A) Her attempts to galvanize the crowd proved to be so successful they landed her a job as a speechwriter. B) It would take quite the epiphany to galvanize their creative efforts again.
2.A) Attempts to galvanize the engine back to life sputtered out eventually. B) The wiring the building has now could galvanize the lighting setup, but only with a high probability of blowing the circuit breaker.
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