Definition of supercharge in English:



[with object]usually as adjective supercharged
  • 1Fit or design (an internal combustion engine) with a supercharger.

    ‘a supercharged 3.8-litre V6’
    • ‘Power enhancers such as nitrous-oxide injection and supercharging are analogous to increasing displacement because they increase the amount of oxygen and fuel that are available for combustion in each cycle.’
    • ‘Ways to increase the level of oxygen include using nitrous, supercharging or turbocharging, or improving the induction system on a naturally aspirated engine.’
    • ‘Although the new supercharged 4.0 litre engine with 400 bhp and 540Nm steals the headlines, Irish buyers are more likely to go for the 2.5 litre model.’
    • ‘The C200K uses a supercharged 2.0 litre, four-cylinder engine which offers greater pulling power than the C180 estate.’
    • ‘The traction drive is already in production for conventional mechanical supercharging applications and has completed extensive durability trials in automotive, industrial and aerospace applications.’
    • ‘In some cases, the technology exceeds that of the Pro classes; for instance, in certain Comp classes, racers can use electronic fuel injection, turbocharging, supercharging, or nitrous oxide.’
    • ‘Then comes a 4.2 litre naturally aspirated V8 with 300 bhp and the range topper is the XJR, where the same V8 is supercharged to produce 400 bhp.’
    • ‘Raising the compression ratio or supercharging an engine increases cylinder pressure, and it is this which increases the power - not the fuel itself.’
    • ‘The range starts with two supercharged, four-cylinder engines, a 2.0 and a 2.3 litre and goes up to the 3.2 litre V6 and the flagship 4.3 litre 430.’
    1. 1.1 Supply with extra energy or power.
      ‘a supercharged computer’
      • ‘Add to this mix the prospects of an economy supercharged by €12 billion when the special saving investments accounts start to mature in under two years' time, and the economic winds seem to blowing fair for stocks.’
      • ‘These entrepreneurs used business plan competitions to supercharge their companies.’
      • ‘Its potency as a source of viable prospects and clients is indisputable and the power of the Internet has done nothing less than supercharge this age-old marketing technique.’
      • ‘What's more, inflation remains relatively tame for such a supercharged economy.’
      • ‘Only in 1997, when the Irish economy was entering the era of supercharged growth, was there a significantly higher number of buy recommendations than in 2003.’
      • ‘Or supercharge your compost pile and create an earthworm population explosion.’
      • ‘Like the storms they often feature, such books get their energy from the supercharged immediacy of the event.’
      • ‘Certain training techniques can take your resistance program to the next level, promoting greater muscle gain, jolting your metabolism, pushing you past a plateau, supercharging your motivation and so much more.’
      • ‘But like some of his central bank colleagues, he seems unsure whether the resulting productivity growth will be up to the supercharged standards set in the late '90s.’
      • ‘They don't, of course - so what is it that supercharges their X-ray power?’
      • ‘The magnitude of the task only served to supercharge the workers.’
      • ‘In many cases they're full of oil and excessive starches that can weigh us down and send us straight for the sofa instead of supercharging us for an intense workout.’
      • ‘His ability to hold up the ball, to turn defenders and to play in his arriving teammates, supercharges the side.’
      • ‘The supercharged labor market drove black unemployment rates down to a very low 7% in early 2002.’
      • ‘Instead of the intensely supercharged work experience I was expecting, I was invited to relax, sit back, let the weekend take hold and just be.’
      • ‘Companies are differentiating themselves by how they use technology to supercharge the assets they already have.’
      • ‘Using a technique called striping - a RAID ‘Level ‘hard drive setup that includes a controller card and two drives - can supercharge system performance on tasks like file copying and image editing.’’
      • ‘These chips will hit servers first, but you may get a supercharged desktop sooner than you think.’
      • ‘The supercharged Chinese economy, of course, has played a big part in rising commodity prices as the country snaps up steel, copper, and other raw materials to fuel its surging factory output.’
      • ‘Remember those supercharged notebooks I mentioned back in May?’
    2. 1.2as adjective supercharged Having powerful emotional overtones or associations.
      ‘appeasement is one of those supercharged words, like terrorism and fascism’
      • ‘No romanticizing here; you wouldn't want to meet many of these young men on a dark street, although most of their damage has been inflicted on rivals in the specially supercharged L.A. gang world.’