Definition of psych
1 : psychoanalyze
2a : to anticipate correctly the intentions or actions of : outguessb : to analyze or figure out (something, such as a problem or course of action) I psyched it all out by myself and decided — David Hulburd
3a : to make psychologically uneasy : intimidate, scare pressure doesn't psych me — Jerry Quarry —often used with out has a way of psyching out the competitionb : to make (someone, such as oneself) psychologically ready especially for performance —often used with up psyched herself up for the race
Examples of psych in a Sentence
He was trying to psych himself before the race.
Recent Examples of psych from the Web
But screenwriters Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley didn't have the luxury of psyching themselves out.
Such a shellacking would have gotten Safeco psyched up no matter what the circumstance.
He's also lined up some fine Chicago DJs to open, and among them, Gossip Wolf is particularly psyched to see Jana Rush.
There is always an appetite for nostalgia, so of course we're psyched about the possibility of seeing 52-year-old Shields effortlessly slay a campaign once again for Calvin Klein.
Real Madrid: Domestic fans and players already were psyched this year’s MLS All-Star game will be against Spanish giant Real Madrid on Aug. 2 in Chicago.
The New Zealand Herald’s Grant Bradley reports that government officials and kiwis are psyched about the potential of a space industry in their country.
Senate Democrats are not exactly psyched about the prospect of Joe Lieberman for FBI Director, POLITICO reports.
Clearly, he's psyched about his new role in the family.
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Origin and Etymology of psych
First Known Use: 1917See Words from the same year
Definition of psych
Definition of psych-
1 : mind : mental processes and activities psychodynamic psychology
2 : psychological methods psychoanalysis psychotherapy
3 : brain psychosurgery
4 : mental and psychosomatic
Origin and Etymology of psych-
Greek, from psychē breath, principle of life, life, soul, from psychein to breathe; akin to Sanskrit babhasti he blows
PSYCH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of psych for English Language Learners
: to make (yourself or another person) mentally ready to perform or compete
Medical Definition of psych
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