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pres·sur·ize / ˈpreshəˌrīz/ • v. [tr.] 1. produce or maintain raised pressure artificially in (a gas or its container): the mixture was pressurized to 1,900 atmospheres | [as adj.] (pressurized) a pressurized can. ∎  maintain a tolerable atmospheric pressure in (an aircraft cabin) at a high altitude: [as adj.] (pressurized) a pressurized cabin. 2. [tr.] attempt to persuade or coerce (someone) into doing something: the protests were an attempt to pressurize the government into bringing an end to the violence | [tr.] people had been pressurized to vote. DERIVATIVES: pres·sur·i·za·tion / ˌpreshərəˈzāshən/ n.