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galvanize

verb [T] uk ( UK usually galvanise)   /ˈɡæl.və.naɪz/ us  
to cause someone to suddenly take action, especially by shocking or exciting them in some way: Western charities were galvanized by TV pictures of starving people. The prospect of his mother coming to stay galvanized him into action and he set about cleaning the house.
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