I’m picturing ‘energy’ here in the context of holding a physical ball of siphoned energy. What is a good verb to encapsulate the overall, general concept of turning, or processing that vibrant energy, into something else? ‘Combust’ has too much of a fiery feel. ‘Transform’ and ‘process’ feel a little vague and lacklustre: they don’t quite capture the sense that we’re dealing with energy as opposed to something a little less intense. Are there some more abstract verbs that readily capture this idea, or perhaps some more common ones I’m forgetting?
In an example sentence: “Joseph _____ the energy he had gathered into something new.”
In this instance, I would use the verb channel. It’s often heard together with ‘energy’.
Lexico gives this definition:
- Direct towards a particular end or object.
‘the council is to channel public funds into training schemes’
And Collins gives the following examples:
5) If you channel your energies or emotions into something, you concentrate on or do that one thing, rather than a range of things.
Stephen is channelling his energies into a novel called Blue. [VERB noun + into]
Synonyms: direct, guide, conduct, transmit
So your sentence would be:
Joseph channelled the energy he had gathered into something new.