Galvanize is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of galvanize, followed by 39 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - cover with zinc
EXAMPLES - Galvanize in a Sentence
- The goal of the tour is to galvanize support for the U.S. (source)
- It took the Upper Big Branch disaster to galvanize action. (source)
- "galvanize" the global community in its efforts to fight the disease. (source)
- What we do believe, for example, is that sanctions will not galvanize the regime. (source)
- Chief Warren Riley and Mayor Ray Nagins call for residents to galvanize is an insult. (source)
- The issues that they think are important to sort of galvanize their support out there. (source)
- Davis struggled to woo white voters in the primary but could not galvanize blacks, either. (source)
- Rather than stunning him, the shock of recognition seemed to galvanize him into sudden action. (source)
- Davis struggled to woo white voters in the primary electorate but couldn't galvanize blacks, either. (source)
- Mr. Clegg returned to his hotel room afterward and told his staff the debate could really "galvanize things." (source)
- "galvanize" also means to cover metal with zinc or a zinc alloy to protect from rust (as in galvanized carpentry nails). (source)
- What we do believe, for example, is that sanctions will not galvanize the regime and its people, will actually widen the gaps between them. (source)
- Now business is probably watching as Calderon tries to galvanize and secure support in Washington for his effort to battle the drug cartels. (source)
- QUESTION: What have you been able to galvanize so far in terms of efforts, doctors, medication and when is that first shipment going to Haiti? (source)
- QUESTION: What have you been able to galvanize so far in terms of efforts -- doctors, medications -- and when is that first shipment going to be? (source)
- Top-down leaders may achieve near-term results, but only authentic leaders can galvanize the entire organization to sustain long-term performance. (source)
- And we ` re going to bring you more of the stories out of Haiti so that we can galvanize and do something to be part of the solution to this horror. (source)
- That more than last year's beef recalls and salmonella-tainted eggs seemed to galvanize Americans into demanding greater governmental action on food safety. (source)
- While the administration aimed to "galvanize" entrepreneurs from Muslim-majority countries, these Muslim upstarts shied away from pigeon-holing into a religious or ethnic category. (source)
- But the past year of headlines alleging billions of dollars in top-level government graft has helped galvanize a populist movement behind Ramdev, as well as social activist Anna Hazare. (source)
- For the Obama campaign, the key will be to galvanize eligible Latino voters by letting them know that their vote carries more weight because of the many that are unable to cast a ballot. (source)
- TOKYO -- Japan's finance minister said Friday he plans to spend a one-trillion-yen ($10.67 billion) emergency reserve in this fiscal year's national budget to galvanize the country's economy. (source)
- Typically the onset of an emergency situation makes it possible to galvanize resources and provide immediate relief, whereas earlier proposals for preventive measures could not muster support. (source)
- Private companies, political action committees and other groups looking to galvanize their constituents are willing to pay huge sums for the world's most renowned public figures to speak to them. (source)
- Tea Party convention starting Feb. 4 in Nashville, Tenn., organizers hope the event will "galvanize" the populist movement and help it gather momentum after a string of recent conservative electoral victories. (source)
- Many pastors still hold out hope that evangelicals will galvanize around one candidate Tuesday, with the most likely appearing to be former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who has surged in recent state polls. (source)
- MESERVE: Napolitano says she thinks the events of Christmas Day have heightened global awareness that aviation security has to be improved, and some of her top deputies are traveling abroad to galvanize support. (source)
- In heated races such as the one in Nevada, Latinos helped democrat Harry Reid beat back a challenge by Tea Party Independent Sharon Angle who hoped to use anti-immigrant rhetoric to galvanize voters to the polls. (source)
- The community they provide can also ease the inevitable frustrations of working for social change, helping us endure the endless phone calls, meetings, and other repetitive tasks needed to galvanize people to act. (source)
- Luckily for us, social media is the great equalizer, allowing nonprofits to easily create content and enter into online collaborations with those who can galvanize immense viral fan bases to not only watch but to act. (source)
- WE CAN'T REVEAL WHO we heard is coming to KL for a show but let's just say that if you're into "block rockin 'beats", there's a hot international duo rumoured to possibly "galvanize" the whole concert scene in Malaysia. (source)
- In that post, he advocated for net neutrality primarily for our economy and our small businesses, and was also using the Internet to galvanize political participation (and raise money, directly from average individuals). (source)
- Taiwanese voted in a closely fought presidential election that pits incumbent Ma Ying-jeou's vision of better relations with China against his main challenger's attempts to galvanize resentment over growing income inequality. (source)
- Memories of the Shah would cause pro government supporters to galvanize like never before, and moderate Iranians would turn sour to the opposition once it appeared that any external power had any sort of direct influence on them. (source)
- But whereas the religious right divides the electorate along religious lines, Tea Partiers have the opportunity to galvanize moderates and independents, as well as conservatives, around principles of constitutional government and fiscal discipline. (source)
- GREGORY JOHNSEN, PRINCETON UNIVERSITY: One of the dangers I think of the U.S. taking a very active and overt role within Yemen is that it will really serve I think to galvanize numerous different strands of opposition within the country against U.S. forces. (source)
- But American officials believe investigating casualties defeats the whole purpose of a groundless military campaign -- a mindset that will defeat the purpose of the entire mission because innocent deaths galvanize the Islamist cause and spawn extremist converts. (source)
- As opponents of big government converged on what has been billed as the first national tea party convention, organizers hoped the event would further "galvanize" the populist movement and help it gather momentum after a string of recent conservative electoral victories. (source)
- UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, I am not so much worried as I am excited about by the whole drama of this, and I think in one way it is good for the country because it brings a lot of people and focuses their attention on this, and helps kind of galvanize the whole youth and the rest of ... (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 39 example sentences provided below is 42.0, which suggests that "galvanize" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 28 synonyms for galvanize.
animate, arouse, astonish, awaken, commove, electrify, energize, excite, fire, frighten, innervate, invigorate, jolt, motivate, move, pique, prime, provoke, quicken, shock, spur, startle, stir, stun, thrill, vitalize, wake, zap
We have 16 antonyms for galvanize.
bore, calm, comfort, compose, deaden, depress, deter, discourage, dishearten, disparage, dissuade, dull, expect, lull, quiet, retard
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of galvanize from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-transitive) To stimulate or shock with an electric current.
- (verb-transitive) To arouse to awareness or action; spur: "Issues that once galvanized the electorate fade into irrelevance” ( Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.)
- (verb-transitive) To coat (iron or steel) with rust-resistant zinc.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (verb) To coat with a thin layer of metal by electrochemical means; to electroplate.
- (verb) To coat with rust-resistant zinc
- (verb) To shock or stimulate into sudden activity
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-transitive) To affect with galvanism; to subject to the action of electrical currents.
- (verb-transitive) To plate, as with gold, silver, etc., by means of electricity.
- (verb-transitive) To restore to consciousness by galvanic action (as from a state of suspended animation); hence, to stimulate or excite to a factitious animation or activity.
- (verb-transitive) To coat, as iron, with zinc. See Galvanized iron.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To subject to the action of an electric or galvanic current, as in medicine.
- (None) Hence To confer a fictitious vitality upon; give a mechanical semblance of life or vitality to.
- (None) To plate, as with gold, silver, or other metal, by means of galvanic electricity; electroplate. Also spelled galvanise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) cover with zinc
- (verb) to stimulate to action
- (verb) stimulate (muscles) by administering a shock