su·​per·​charge | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌchärj How to pronounce supercharge (audio) \
supercharged; supercharging; supercharges

Definition of supercharge

transitive verb

1 : to charge greatly or excessively (as with vigor or tension)
2 : to supply a charge to the intake of (an engine) at a pressure higher than that of the surrounding atmosphere

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The president and his team promised an economy supercharged by huge corporate tax cuts and historic rollbacks in regulation. Christine Romans, CNN, "Christine Romans: Trump's economy is just 'average'," 30 July 2019 The rapid growth of Whalen's businesses, supercharged by Morris, coincided with a growing number of investor and tenant complaints. Tony Cook, Indianapolis Star, "Renters lived 'horrible.' Their landlord lived large. The government helped him do it.," 26 June 2019 The heavy rains of spring, linked by scientists to climate change, pumped a plume of muddy brown sediment into the blue waters of Lake Erie, supercharged by runoff from rooftops and paved areas in sprawling suburbs upstream. Steven Litt,, "Ceremony celebrates Cuyahoga River’s journey from shame to pride 50 years after fire on water," 22 June 2019 In Madagascar, for instance, folks are raising crickets to turn into a powder, which can be added to foods to supercharge them with protein. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Tired: Eating Bugs. Wired: Eating Bug Meat Grown in a Lab," 3 June 2019 At the time, the case struck the nerve that ran through New York’s simmering race relations, supercharging the city and asking questions that, even three decades later, the country is still trying to answer. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "8 True Crime TV Shows of 2019 You Can't Look Away From," 15 Apr. 2019 But for all the hours of studying policy and practicing the zingers that would supercharge her candidacy, the trip allowed for a break in an otherwise all-encompassing schedule. Ben Terris, Washington Post, "Who is Kamala Harris, really? Ask her sister Maya.," 23 July 2019 Kathryn Cook for The New York Times Franco Zeffirelli, the Italian director renowned for his extravagantly romantic opera productions, popular film versions of Shakespeare and supercharged social life, died on Saturday at his home in Rome. Jonathan Kandell, New York Times, "Franco Zeffirelli, Italian Director With Taste for Excess, Dies at 96," 15 June 2019 Google That’s not the only way Google’s supercharging Assistant. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Google's next-gen Assistant blows past Siri with 10x speeds and deeper awareness of your life," 7 May 2019

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First Known Use of supercharge

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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