psych
I. transitive verb or psyche (psyched; psyching) Etymology: by shortening Date: 1917 1. psychoanalyze 2. a. to anticipate correctly the intentions or actions of ; outguess b. to analyze or figure out (as a problem or course of action) <
I psyched it all out by myself and decided — David Hulburd
>
3. a. to make psychologically uneasy ; intimidate, scare <
pressure doesn't psych me — Jerry Quarry
>
— often used with out <
has a way of psyching out the competition
>
b. to make (as oneself) psychologically ready especially for performance — often used with up <
psyched herself up for the race
>
II. abbreviation psychology

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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