verb \ˈsīk\

: to make (yourself or another person) mentally ready to perform or compete


Full Definition of PSYCH

transitive verb
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>
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>

Variants of PSYCH

psych or psyche \ˈsīk\

Examples of PSYCH

  1. He was trying to psych himself before the race.

Origin of PSYCH

by shortening
First Known Use: 1917

Rhymes with PSYCH



Definition of PSYCH


abbreviation    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PSYCH



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