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To ‘galvanize’ somebody is to shock or stimulate them into taking action or feeling a certain way about something. This is most commonly achieved through speech or leading by example. It is typically used in a positive context, with the implication often being that the inspired action will help solve a problem or improve a situation.
Morale had dropped considerably after that setback, but our manager’s inspirational speech really helped galvanize everybody.
Initially, I undertook the task with little enthusiasm, but the promise of a bonus quickly galvanized me into action.
The looting and rioting had the effect of galvanizing public opinion against the protests, despite previously high levels of support.