Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To equip with a turbocharger.
  • transitive v. Informal To improve dramatically the performance or quality of: "How to use tax breaks to turbocharge investment returns” ( Kathy Kristof).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to increase the power of an internal combustion engine (either Otto or Diesel cycle) by compressing the inlet air with power extracted from the exhaust air.
  • v. to make faster, more powerful.

Etymologies

turbo- +‎ charge (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As we approached the 1990s and there was a need for improved efficiency, turbochargers made a transition from powering vehicles in a sports-oriented usage – you hear the word turbocharge and you think of fast, you think of power and performance.

    Honeywell's Adriane Brown

  • Comcast Corp. this year began offering subscribers a temporary "turbocharge," or boost in speed, which kicks in when it detects very large uploads.

    Uploading Speeds

  • Today I want to talk about this apparent tension between self-criticism and smugness from an outside perspective, take a look at the issues we face, probe their root causes, and suggest ideas to "turbocharge" our innovation, productivity and prosperity.

    Telecoms Convergence: Focusing Innovation and Reversing Canadian Talent Flight

  • He also anticipates that the relationship will "turbocharge" what FableVision already does as a transmedia property incubator.

    Publishers Weekly - Children's Books News

  • Australia wrapped up its campaign by offering to "turbocharge" football in Asia and the

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Australia kicked off the final pitches by offering to "turbocharge" football in Asia and the Pacific region.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Sandia's SAC 7-35 Airdata Computer lets you "turbocharge" your Garmin GNS430, GNS530 or other Navigation Systems.

    Aero-News Network

  • "turbocharge" for early tree pollen, which, combined with grass pollen, means allergy sufferers may be especially miserable this year, says Clifford Bassett, chair of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology's Public Education Committee.

    U.S. News

  • Tesco said it will pour money into the U.K. operations immediately to turbocharge an effort to improve the shopping experience at British stores.

    Tesco Warns on Profits, Vows Changes

  • Bowles-Simpson illustrates the trade-offs: To achieve their top marginal rate of 23% which would turbocharge economic growth means eliminating all tax expenditures; but if politics required keeping or revising current breaks, such as the mortgage deduction, the top rate rises to 28%.

    Obama's Tax Morass

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