[ gal-vuh-nahyz ]
Part of Speechverb, verbOrigin + Etymology
Early-19th century; English;; from French and in relation to Luigi Galvani, a pioneer in bioelectromagnetics
energize invigorate exciteverb
shock energize electrify stimulate
bore dishearten dissuadeverb
verbto startle into sudden activity; stimulate
verbto stimulate by or as if by a galvanic current
verbA) 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.
verbA) 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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