Press - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |pres|  American pronunciation of the word press
Brit.  |pres|  British pronunciation of the word press


- the state of demanding notice or attention (syn: insistence, insistency, pressure)
the press of business matters
- the print media responsible for gathering and publishing news in the form of newspapers or magazines
- a machine used for printing
- a dense crowd of people (syn: crush, jam)
- a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes (syn: closet, wardrobe)
- clamp to prevent wooden rackets from warping when not in use
- any machine that exerts pressure to form or shape or cut materials or extract liquids or compress solids
- a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then smoothly lifted overhead
- the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure (syn: pressing, pressure)
he gave the button a press
he used pressure to stop the bleeding
at the pressing of a button


- exert pressure or force to or upon
He pressed down on the boards
press your thumb on this spot
- force or impel in an indicated direction (syn: exhort, urge)
- to be oppressive or burdensome (syn: weigh)
Something pressed on his mind
- place between two surfaces and apply weight or pressure
pressed flowers
- squeeze or press together (syn: compact, compress, constrict, contract, squeeze)
she compressed her lips
- crowd closely
The crowds pressed along the street
- create by pressing
- be urgent
This is a pressing problem
- exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; be an advocate for (syn: agitate, campaign, crusade, fight, push)
- press from a plastic (syn: press out)
press a record
- make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby (syn: push)
- press and smooth with a heated iron (syn: iron, iron out)
press your shirts
- lift weights
This guy can press 300 pounds
- ask for or request earnestly (syn: adjure, beseech, bid, conjure, entreat)

Extra examples

I felt something hard, like a gun, pressing against my side.

The grass had been pressed down in places where people had been lying.

Jim pressed Mary to him and kissed her.

After pressing the enemy hard for several days, our army won the victory.

I had to press my way in through the crowd.

This machine presses vegetables into juice.

He was much pressed to go into a neighbouring apartment.

Teachers are not allowed to press their political views on the children.

We must press for a reduction in the number of students in a class.

All our efforts are pressing towards a reorganization of the prison system.

Steadily rising prices press most heavily on the poor.

His film is getting a good press.

Those who refused to lend were pressed into the army.

The press have been very nasty about him.

To judge from the press, the concert was a great success.

Phrasal verbs

press down  — press down
press on  — continue moving forward
press out  — extinguish by crushing

Word forms

I/you/we/they: press
he/she/it: presses
present participle: pressing
past tense: pressed
past participle: pressed
singular: press
plural: presses
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