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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.
Also, especially British, pressurise.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; pressure + -ize
Related forms
pressurizer, noun
repressurize, verb, repressurized, repressurizing.
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British Dictionary definitions for re pressurize

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 re pressurize

pressurize

v.

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

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