[ soo-per-chahrj ]

verb (used with object)

, su·per·charged, su·per·charg·ing.
  1. to charge with an abundant or excessive amount, as of energy, emotion, or tension.
  2. to supply air to (an internal-combustion engine) at greater than atmospheric pressure.


/ ˈsuːpəˌtʃɑːdʒ /


  1. to increase the air intake pressure of (an internal-combustion engine) with a supercharger; boost
  2. to charge (the atmosphere, a remark, etc) with an excess amount of (tension, emotion, etc)
  3. to apply pressure to (a fluid); pressurize
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Word History and Origins

Origin of supercharge1

First recorded in 1760–70; super- + charge
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Example Sentences

Democrats hope to buck history on the back of their policy record over the next year, with legislation aimed at supercharging the economy and an aggressive program to vaccinate the country against the coronavirus.

Another group was looking at possible treatments, both existing medicines that might be adapted and new approaches that could be supercharged with funding.

From Time

Gravel was already one of the hottest segments for the bike industry, but the pandemic supercharged it, with sales jumping 144 percent in June 2020 compared to 2019.

Even Chouhan, a skeptic on AstraZeneca, allows that the deal is likely to supercharge earnings growth in the next few years.

From Fortune

Instagram’s growth was supercharged by its integration with Facebook, which happened almost immediately after Facebook bought the company for $1 billion in 2012.

The supercharge doses of vitamins have questionable benefits.

You can use these from the moment you wake up, until you drift away to sleep, to supercharge your day.