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  1. pres·sur·ize
    IPA[ˈpreSHəˌrīz]
  2. verb

    • 1. produce or maintain raised pressure artificially in (a gas or its container):

      the mixture was pressurized to 1,900 atmospheres a pressurized can
    • 2. maintain a tolerable atmospheric pressure in (an aircraft cabin) at a high altitude:

      some metal patching will stop any leaks, so that pressurizing the cabin won't be a problem
    • 3. attempt to persuade or coerce (someone) into doing something:

      people had been pressurized to vote the protests were an attempt to pressurize the government into bringing an end to the violence
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: pressurize, 3rd person present: pressurizes, gerund or present participle: pressurizing, past tense: pressurized, past participle: pressurized

    • verb

      produce or maintain raised pressure artificially in (a gas or its container):

      maintain a tolerable atmospheric pressure in (an aircraft cabin) at a high altitude:

    • adjective

      (of a gas or its container) having artificially raised pressure:

      (of an aircraft cabin) maintained at a tolerable atmospheric pressure at a high altitude:

    • adjective

      (of a gas or its container) having artificially raised pressure:

      (of an aircraft cabin) maintained at a tolerable atmospheric pressure at a high altitude:

    • noun

      a nuclear reactor in which the fuel is uranium oxide clad in zircaloy and the coolant and moderator is water maintained at high pressure so that it does not boil at the operating temperature of the reactor.
    • noun

      a nuclear reactor in which the fuel is uranium oxide clad in zircaloy and the coolant and moderator is water at high pressure so that it does not boil at the operating temperature of the reactor.
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