\ ˈsīk How to pronounce psych (audio) \
variants: or less commonly psyche
psyched; psyching

Definition of psych

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

2a : 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
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 competition
b : to make (someone, such as oneself) psychologically ready especially for performance often used with up psyched herself up for the race



Definition of psych (Entry 2 of 3)

variants: or psycho-

Definition of psych- (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : mind : mental processes and activities psychodynamic psychology
2 : psychological methods psychoanalysis psychotherapy
3 : brain psychosurgery
4 : mental and psychosomatic

Examples of psych in a Sentence


He was trying to psych himself before the race.

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First Known Use of psych


1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for psych


by shortening

Combining form

Greek, from psychē breath, principle of life, life, soul, from psychein to breathe; akin to Sanskrit babhasti he blows

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English Language Learners Definition of psych

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



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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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