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galvanize

gal·va·nize

galvanize

 
 
pronunciation:
gael v naIz
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: galvanized, galvanizes, galvanizing
definition 1: to subject to or stimulate by an electric current.
definition 2: to stimulate into awareness or activity.
The impending war galvanized the nation's industries.
antonyms:
paralyze
similar words:
fire
definition 3: to coat (iron or steel) with zinc to prevent rust.
derivations: galvanization (n.), galvanizer (n.)