pressurize

verb pres·sur·ize \ ˈpre-shə-ˌrīz \
|Updated on: 9 Aug 2018

Definition of pressurize

pressurized; pressurizing
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

play \ˌpre-sh(ə-)rə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

pressurizer

noun

Examples of pressurize in a Sentence

  1. A pump is used to pressurize the fuel.

  2. The system that pressurizes the airplane's cabin failed to operate correctly.

  3. Don't let them pressurize you to do anything you don't want to do.

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First Known Use of pressurize

1938

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PRESSURIZE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of pressurize for English Language Learners

  • : to press (something) tightly into a space or container

  • : to cause the air pressure inside (something, such as an airplane) to be the same as or close to the pressure of air on the Earth's surface



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