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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Examples of supercharge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Torkelson and Greene are the big bats in the Tigers' farm system, a pair of prospects who are expected to one day supercharge the offense for years to come. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' AJ Hinch pumped about Spencer Torkelson, Riley Greene: 'Those are dudes'," 13 Nov. 2020 At the same time, too weak of a currency could invite fresh U.S. accusations that Beijing is deliberately keeping the yuan undervalued to supercharge exports. Chong Koh Ping, WSJ, "China Gives Market More Say in Setting Yuan’s Value," 28 Oct. 2020 While overgrazing can remove cover and cause erosion, limited grazing can supercharge habitat. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "Aldo Leopold’s 5 Essentials for Wildlife and Habitat Management," 17 Sep. 2020 There are also hopes that China’s next Five-Year Plan will include infrastructure proposals that could supercharge the nation’s demand for aluminum, according to analysts at ING. Will Horner, WSJ, "Aluminum Prices Surge as Chinese Demand Accelerates," 20 Oct. 2020 Many of these cooks swear by the blue flame, which can supercharge a cast-iron pan in a way that would put an electric coil to shame. Sabrina Imbler, The Atlantic, "How Bad Are Gas Stoves, Really?," 15 Oct. 2020 The algorithmic boost, nudging like-minded people into each others’ filter bubbles, will supercharge recruitment for toxic and harmful groups—the cesspools where white supremacist conspiracy theories are born. Evan Greer, Wired, "A Political Ad Ban Won’t Fix Facebook’s Election Problem," 9 Oct. 2020 And instead of one car battery, these race cars will likely have several to supercharge their computerized innards, Prucka said. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Self-driving cars will hit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a landmark A.I. race," 19 Sep. 2020 Plus, many colleges are home to fraternities and sororities, which supercharge some of higher education’s latent functions, providing members with more exclusivity and less supervision, but still under the umbrella of the university. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Is No Excuse to Surveil Students," 4 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of supercharge

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Nov 2020

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“Supercharge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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