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supercharge

[soo-per-chahrj]
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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.
  3. pressurize(def 3).
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Origin of supercharge

First recorded in 1760–70; super- + charge
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supercharge

verb (tr)
  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
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Word Origin and History for supercharge

v.

1919, originally of internal combustion engines, from super- + past tense of charge (v.). Related: Supercharged; supercharging.

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