also psyche (sīk)Informal
v. psyched, psych·ing, psyches
a. To put into the right psychological frame of mind: The coach psyched the team before the game.
b. To excite emotionally: The children were psyched to see the circus.
2. To undermine the confidence of by psychological means; intimidate: “Depending on whose personality is stronger, one can more easily psych the other” (Harold C. Schonberg).
a. To analyze, solve, or comprehend.
b. To anticipate or guess the intentions of: “Most others could never approach [his] ability … to psyche out the opposition’s thinking so consistently” (Steven Brill).
4. Informal To analyze and treat by psychoanalysis.
To become confused or mentally deranged.
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1. mentally prepared
2. excited; emotional
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