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pressurized

[presh-uh-rahyzd] /ˈprɛʃ əˌraɪzd/
adjective
1.
brought to and maintained at an atmospheric pressure higher than that of the surroundings:
cooking with pressurized steam.
2.
maintained at an air pressure comfortable for breathing:
a pressurized cabin and cockpit; a pressurized suit for diving.
3.
Informal. subject or subjected to undue pressure or harassment:
the pressurized milieu of big business.
Origin of pressurized
1935-1940
1935-40; pressurize + -ed2
Related forms
unpressurized, adjective

pressurize

[presh-uh-rahyz] /ˈprɛʃ əˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), pressurized, pressurizing.
1.
to raise the internal atmospheric pressure of to the required or desired level:
to pressurize an astronaut's spacesuit before a walk in space.
2.
to maintain normal air pressure in (the cockpit or cabin of an airplane) at high altitudes.
3.
to apply pressure to (a gas or liquid); supercharge.
4.
to pressure-cook.
Origin
1940-45; pressure + -ize
Related forms
pressurizer, noun
repressurize, verb, repressurized, repressurizing.
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pressurize

/ˈprɛʃəˌraɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to increase the pressure in (an enclosure, such as an aircraft cabin) in order to maintain approximately atmospheric pressure when the external pressure is low
2.
to increase pressure on (a fluid)
3.
to make insistent demands of (someone); coerce
Derived Forms
pressurization, pressurisation, noun
pressurizer, pressuriser, noun
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Word Origin and History for pressurized

pressurize

v.

1938 (implied in pressurized), from pressure (n.) + -ize. Related: Pressurizing.

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