Definition of galvanize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English also -ise) verb
    BrE BrE//ˈɡælvənaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡælvənaɪz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they galvanize
    BrE BrE//ˈɡælvənaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡælvənaɪz//
    he / she / it galvanizes
    BrE BrE//ˈɡælvənaɪzɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡælvənaɪzɪz//
    past simple galvanized
    BrE BrE//ˈɡælvənaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡælvənaɪzd//
    past participle galvanized
    BrE BrE//ˈɡælvənaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡælvənaɪzd//
    -ing form galvanizing
    BrE BrE//ˈɡælvənaɪzɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡælvənaɪzɪŋ//
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  1. 1galvanize somebody (into something/into doing something) to make somebody take action by shocking them or by making them excited The urgency of his voice galvanized them into action. See related entries: Excitement
  2. 2galvanize something (specialist) to cover metal with zinc in order to protect it from rust a galvanized bucket galvanized steel
  3. Word Originearly 19th cent. (in the sense ‘stimulate by electricity’): from French galvaniser, named after Luigi Galvani (1737-98), the Italian anatomist.Extra examples The news galvanized them into action. The win galvanized the whole team. We need new approaches that will galvanize the industry to deal with its problems.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: galvanize