su·​per·​charge | \ˈsü-pər-ˌchärj \
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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But like other such signature park projects across the country, like Atlanta’s Beltline or Philadelphia’s Rail Park, which opened last month, the presence of a photogenic new park supercharges property values and real estate development. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Can high-profile park projects, catalysts for development, play nice with neighboring communities?," 17 July 2018 These winds supercharge wildfires and send them racing out of control. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "What is going on with California’s horrific fires?," 13 Nov. 2018 Now, educational attainment has supercharged that split among white voters, who account for more than 70% of the electorate. Aaron Zitner, WSJ, "The Yawning Divide That Explains American Politics," 30 Oct. 2018 Today the adversary is China, an authoritarian nation that has supercharged its rise by stealing American technology and manufacturing, too often with the cooperation of U.S. businesses. Kevin Mccarthy, WSJ, "Republicans Reach for the Moon," 4 Nov. 2018 Existing relationships will be supercharged with passion, so don’t be afraid to spice things up in the bedroom. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What October's Cancer Horoscope Means for You," 30 Sep. 2018 The new muscle car model features a motor that summons a few elements from the 808 hp Demon’s 6.2-liter supercharged V8 in an effort to outdo the original Hellcat’s 707 hp with a monstrous 797 hp. Fox News, "2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye unveiled with demonic 797 hp," 28 June 2018 This is how researchers can look at the koala genome and see how the species is genetically supercharged to digest a plant that’s poisonous to other mammals, namely the cytochrome P450 gene family. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Can the Koala Genome Save the Species From Deforestation and Chlamydia?," 2 July 2018 Its 380 supercharged horses and 332 pound-feet of torque, and a zero-to-60 time of 5.3 seconds, nudges it into thrill-ride territory. Russ Mitchell,, "New wagons from Volvo and Jaguar offer agile alternatives to the lumbering SUV," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of supercharge

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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