Definition of pressurize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English also -ise) verb
    BrE BrE//ˈpreʃəraɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpreʃəraɪz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pressurize
    BrE BrE//ˈpreʃəraɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpreʃəraɪz//
    he / she / it pressurizes
    BrE BrE//ˈpreʃəraɪzɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpreʃəraɪzɪz//
    past simple pressurized
    BrE BrE//ˈpreʃəraɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpreʃəraɪzd//
    past participle pressurized
    BrE BrE//ˈpreʃəraɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpreʃəraɪzd//
    -ing form pressurizing
    BrE BrE//ˈpreʃəraɪzɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpreʃəraɪzɪŋ//
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  1. 1(British English) (also pressure North American English, British English) [often passive] to persuade somebody to do something, especially by making them feel that they have to or should do it pressurize somebody (into something/into doing something) Stop trying to pressurize me! She was pressurized into accepting the job. She was pressurized into getting married. pressurize somebody to do something He felt that he was being pressurized to resign.
  2. 2[usually passive] pressurize something to keep the air pressure in a submarine, an aircraft, etc. the same as it is on earth a pressurized cabin
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