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[soo-per-chahrj] /ˈsu pərˌtʃɑrdʒ/
verb (used with object), supercharged, supercharging.
to charge with an abundant or excessive amount, as of energy, emotion, or tension.
to supply air to (an internal-combustion engine) at greater than atmospheric pressure.
pressurize (def 3).
Origin of supercharge
1760-70; super- + charge Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for supercharge


verb (transitive)
to increase the air intake pressure of (an internal-combustion engine) with a supercharger; boost
to charge (the atmosphere, a remark, etc) with an excess amount of (tension, emotion, etc)
to apply pressure to (a fluid); pressurize
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Word Origin and History for supercharge

1919, originally of internal combustion engines, from super- + past tense of charge (v.). Related: Supercharged; supercharging.

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