- 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.
galvanize definition by Webster's New World
- galvanization noun
galvanize definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb gal·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: “Issues that once galvanized the electorate fade into irrelevance” (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.)
- To coat (iron or steel) with rust-resistant zinc.
- galˌva·ni·zaˈtion noun
- galˈva·nizˌer noun