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Mar 27, 2019
This week’s theme
People who became verbs

This week’s words
grandisonize
lynch
galvanize
mesmerize
crusoe

galvanize
Luigi Galvani
Art: Sante Nucci (1821-1896)

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galvanize

PRONUNCIATION:
(GAL-vuh-nyze)

MEANING:
verb tr.:
1. To motivate or to arouse to action.
2. To coat with a rust-resistant material, such as zinc.
3. To stimulate by applying an electric current.

ETYMOLOGY:
After physician and physicist Luigi Galvani (1737-1798), who studied electrical stimulation in animal tissue. Earliest documented use: 1802.

USAGE:
“And what better way than to galvanise some of the best minds to handle the task.”
John Antony Xavier; A Herculean Task; New Straits Times (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia); Feb 19, 2019.

See more usage examples of galvanize in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
History is a novel whose author is the people. -Alfred de Vigny, poet, playwright, and novelist (27 Mar 1797-1863)

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