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 Dictionary entry overview: What does galvanize mean? 

  The verb GALVANIZE has 3 senses:

1. to stimulate to action
2. cover with zinc
3. stimulate (muscles) by administering a shock

  Familiarity information: GALVANIZE used as a verb is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1galvanize [BACK TO TOP]


To stimulate to action

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling


galvanise; galvanize; startle

Context examples:

..startled him awake / galvanized into action

Hypernyms (to "galvanize" is one way to...):

ball over; blow out of the water; floor; shock; stun; take aback (surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody into V-ing something

Sentence examples:

The bad news will galvanize him
The good news will galvanize her
The performance is likely to galvanize Sue

Sense 2galvanize [BACK TO TOP]


Cover with zinc

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging


galvanise; galvanize

Context example:

galvanize steel

Hypernyms (to "galvanize" is one way to...):

coat; surface (put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something

Sense 3galvanize [BACK TO TOP]


Stimulate (muscles) by administering a shock

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care


galvanise; galvanize

Hypernyms (to "galvanize" is one way to...):

shock (subject to electrical shocks)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

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