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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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 New research suggests storms of the future may look more and more like Harvey, higher category hurricanes supercharged by warming ocean waters with drenching rains. Alex Harris, miamiherald, "Hurricanes of the future may look a lot like Harvey — stronger, slower, a lot wetter | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 Karin Risi, director of Vanguard’s retail investor group, said some ETFs won’t be included, such as those that use borrowed money to supercharge their returns and others Vanguard considers not suited for long-term investors., "No more plastic straws in Seattle," 2 July 2018 The urge to seek truth among unconnected dots is nothing new, but social media has supercharged that urge, ratcheting up the speed and spread of the resulting theories. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Here’s One Way to Reform an Internet Conspiracy Theorist," 27 June 2018 Like many ambitious young scientists, José Pastor-Pareja came to the United States to supercharge his career. Author: Ben Guarino, Emily Rauhala, William Wan, Anchorage Daily News, "China challenges American dominance of science," 4 June 2018 That debate was supercharged Tuesday night when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who emphasized abolishing ICE very prominently, defeated Joe Crowley. NBC News, "This congressman wants to 'abolish ICE.' We asked him how it would work.," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of supercharge

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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