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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To give energy to; activate or invigorate: "His childhood—father in . . . prison, factory work as a boy—both haunted and energized him” ( Frank Conroy).
  • transitive v. To supply with an electric current.
  • intransitive v. To release or put out energy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To invigorate, to make energetic.
  • v. To supply with energy, especially electricity. To turn on power to something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To use strength in action; to act or operate with force or vigor; to act in producing an effect.
  • transitive v. To give strength or force to; to make active; to alacrify.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To endow with energy; impart active force or strength to; make vigorous.
  • To act with energy or force; operate with vigor; act in producing an effect.
  • Also spelled energise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. raise to a higher energy level
  • v. cause to be alert and energetic

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