- The definition of galvanize is to inspire or stimulate someone to act, or to apply an electric current.
When you propose a change to a neighborhood's bylaws that really angers someone and he begins to protest as a result, this is an example of a situation where you galvanize someone to act.
transitive verbgal·va·nized, gal·va·niz·ing, gal·va·niz·es
- To stimulate or shock with an electric current.
- To arouse to awareness or action; spur: “The country was galvanized in the weeks and months after 9/11” (Davis Phinney).
- To coat (iron or steel) with rust-resistant zinc.
(third-person singular simple present galvanizes, present participle galvanizing, simple past and past participle galvanized)
From French galvaniser, from galvanisme, after physiologist Luigi Alyisio Galvani (1737–1798).