pressurize
transitive verb (-ized; -izing) Date: 1938 1. to confine the contents of under a pressure greater than that of the outside atmosphere; especially to maintain near-normal atmospheric pressure in during high-altitude or spaceflight (as by means of a supercharger) 2. to apply pressure to 3. to design to withstand pressure • pressurization nounpressurizer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • pressurize — (v.) 1938 (implied in pressurized), from PRESSURE (Cf. pressure) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Pressurizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • pressurize — (Amer.) pres·sur·ize || preʃəraɪz v. keep nearly normal atmospheric pressure inside (an airplane); adjust the cabin pressure inside an airplane; apply force or weight, press; supercharge; compel, subject to mental stress, urge, insist,… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pressurize — (also pressurise) ► VERB 1) produce or maintain raised pressure artificially in. 2) attempt to persuade or coerce into doing something. DERIVATIVES pressurization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • pressurize — [presh′ər īz΄] vt. pressurized, pressurizing 1. to keep nearly standard atmospheric pressure inside (an airplane, spacesuit, submarine, etc.) 2. to place under high pressure pressurization n. pressurizer n …   English World dictionary

  • pressurize — pres|sur|ize also pressurise BrE [ˈpreʃəraız] v [T] to persuade someone to do something by making them feel it is their duty to do it = ↑pressure pressurize sb into doing sth ▪ It is not a good idea to pressurize children into playing a musical… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pressurize — UK [ˈpreʃəraɪz] / US [ˈpreʃəˌraɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms pressurize : present tense I/you/we/they pressurize he/she/it pressurizes present participle pressurizing past tense pressurized past participle pressurized 1) British to try to… …   English dictionary

  • pressurize — also ise verb (T) BrE to try to make someone do something by making them feel it is their duty to do it; pressure 2: pressurize sb into doing sth: They would have enjoyed the party more if they hadn t been pressurised into going. | pressurize sb… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pressurize — pressurizer, n. /presh euh ruyz /, v.t., pressurized, pressurizing. 1. to raise the internal atmospheric pressure of to the required or desired level: to pressurize an astronaut s spacesuit before a walk in space. 2. to maintain normal air… …   Universalium

  • pressurize —     Esso accused him of trying to pressurize the Prime Minister into bailing out his petrochemical plant (Times). Gases, liquids, and foods can be pressurized (i.e., compacted into containers under pressure). People are pressed or pressured …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • pressurize — [[t]pre̱ʃəraɪz[/t]] pressurizes, pressurizing, pressurized VERB If you are pressurized into doing something, you are forcefully persuaded to do it. → See also pressurized [be V ed into ing] Do not be pressurized into making your decision… …   English dictionary

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