- to raise the internal atmospheric pressure of to the required or desired level: to pressurize an astronaut's spacesuit before a walk in space.
- to maintain normal air pressure in (the cockpit or cabin of an airplane) at high altitudes.
- to apply pressure to (a gas or liquid); supercharge.
- to pressure-cook.
Also especially British, pres·sur·ise.
Origin of pressurize
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Related Words for pressurizestart, require, cause, force, drive, urge, sue, worry, demand, push, assail, squeeze, petition, cheat, pinch, extract, wring, intimidate, menace, scare
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Historical Examples of pressurize
Later, in the last moments of descent, he would snap down the face plate and pressurize the suit.First on the Moon
- to increase the pressure in (an enclosure, such as an aircraft cabin) in order to maintain approximately atmospheric pressure when the external pressure is low
- to increase pressure on (a fluid)
- to make insistent demands of (someone); coerce
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