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psych

verb \ ˈsīk \
variants: or less commonly psyche
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of psych

psyched; psyching
transitive verb
2 a : to anticipate correctly the intentions or actions of : outguess
b : 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
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 (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

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

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Origin and Etymology of psych

by shortening


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psych

abbreviation

Definition of psych


psych-

combining form
variants: or psycho-

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

psych

verb

Definition of psych for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

psych

abbreviation

medical Definition of psych



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