[ dee-presh-uh-rahyz ]
/ diˈprɛʃ əˌraɪz /

verb (used with object), de·pres·sur·ized, de·pres·sur·iz·ing.

to remove the air pressure from (a pressurized compartment of an aircraft or spacecraft).
to relieve the tensions of; cause to relax: A week's vacation should depressurize me.

verb (used without object), de·pres·sur·ized, de·pres·sur·iz·ing.

to lose air pressure: The airplane cabin depressurized almost instantly.
Also especially British, de·pres·sur·ise.

Origin of depressurize

First recorded in 1940–45; de- + pressurize

Related forms

de·pres·sur·i·za·tion, nounde·pres·sur·iz·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for depressurization



/ (dɪˈprɛʃəˌraɪz) /


(tr) to reduce the pressure of a gas inside (a container or enclosed space), as in an aircraft cabin

Derived Forms

depressurization or depressurisation, noun
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