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  1. press
    IPA[pres]
  2. verb

    • 1. move or cause to move into a position of contact with something by exerting continuous physical force:

      he pressed his face to the glass her body pressed against his
      Synonym : push (down), press down, thumb, depress, bear down on, lean on, lower, pin, pinion, hold down, force, ram, thrust, cram, squeeze, compress, wedge, clasp, hold close, hug, cuddle, squeeze, crush, enfold, clutch, grasp, embrace
    • 2. exert continuous physical force on (something), typically in order to operate a device or machine:

      he pressed a button and the doors slid open
    • 3. squeeze (someone's arm or hand) as a sign of affection:

      Winnie pressed his hand
      Synonym : squeeze, give something a squeeze, grip, clutch, pinch
    • 4. move in a specified direction by pushing:

      the mob was still pressing forward
    • 5. (of an enemy or opponent) attack persistently and fiercely:

      their enemies pressed in on all sides two assailants were pressing Agrippa
    • 6. continue in one's action:

      he stubbornly pressed on with his work
    • 7. apply pressure to (something) to flatten, shape, or smooth it, typically by ironing:

      she pressed her nicest blouse
      Synonym : smooth, iron, smooth out, remove creases from, put creases in, steam, calender
    • 8. apply pressure to (a flower or leaf) between sheets of paper in order to dry and preserve it.

      Synonym : flatten, make flat, smooth out
    • 9. extract (juice or oil) by crushing or squeezing fruit, vegetables, etc.:

      the best olive oils are pressed from handpicked olives
    • 10. squeeze or crush (fruit, vegetables, etc.) to extract the juice or oil:

      the small seeds of sesame are chiefly pressed for their oil
    • 11. manufacture (something, especially a phonograph record) by molding under pressure:

      the record was pressed in two runs of 500 copies
    • 12. forcefully put forward (an opinion, claim, or course of action):

      Rose did not press the point
      Synonym : plead, urge, advance insistently, file, prefer, lodge, tender, present, place, lay, submit, put forward
    • 13. make strong efforts to persuade or force (someone) to do or provide something:

      when I pressed him for precise figures he evaded the subject the marketing directors were pressed to justify their expenditure they continued to press for changes in legislation
      Synonym : urge, pressure, put pressure on, pressurize, force, drive, impel, push, coerce, nag, lean on, prevail on, dragoon into, steamroller into, browbeat into, use strong-arm tactics on, have someone do something, put the heat on, put the screws on, twist someone's arm, railroad into, bulldoze into, pressurize, pressure, push, goad, dragoon, steamroller, browbeat, importune, wheedle, cajole, sway, argue, talk, railroad, bulldoze, call, ask, clamor, push, make a claim, campaign, insist on, demand
    • 14. insist that (someone) accept an offer or gift:

      he pressed dinner invitations on her
    • 15. (of something, especially time) be in short supply and so demand immediate action:

      she was almost 45 years old and time was pressing
    • 16. have barely enough of something, especially time:

      I'm very pressed for time
    • 17. have difficulty doing or achieving something:

      they may be hard pressed to keep their promise
    • 18. raise (a specified weight) by first lifting it to shoulder height and then gradually pushing it upward above the head.

    • 19. try too hard to achieve distance with a shot, at the risk of inaccuracy.

    noun

    • 1. a device for applying pressure to something in order to flatten or shape it or to extract juice or oil:

      a flower press a wine press
    • 2. a machine that applies pressure to a workpiece by means of a tool, in order to punch shapes.

    • 3. a printing press.

      Synonym : printing press, printing machine
    • 4. a business that prints or publishes books:

      the Clarendon Press
      Synonym : publishing house, publishing company, printing establishment/firm/business/house
    • 5. the process of printing:

      the book is ready to go to press
    • 6. newspapers or journalists viewed collectively:

      the press was notified press coverage
      Synonym : the media, the newspapers, the papers, the news media, journalism, the newspaper world, the newspaper business, the print media, the fourth estate, journalists, newspapermen, newsmen, newspaper women, reporters, columnists, commentariat, pressmen, presswomen, journos, hacks, hackettes, newshounds, newsies, publicists, Fleet Street
    • 7. coverage in newspapers and magazines:

      there's no point in demonstrating if you don't get any press the mayor has had a bad press for years
      Synonym : reports, press treatment, press coverage, press reporting, press articles, press reviews, press write-ups
    • 8. an act of pressing something:

      the system summons medical help at the press of a button
    • 9. a closely packed crowd or mass of people or things:

      among the press of cars he saw a taxi
    • 10. pressure of business.

    • 11. any of various forms of close guarding by the defending team.

    • 12. an act of raising a weight to shoulder height and then gradually pushing it above the head.

    • 13. a large cupboard.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: press, plural noun: presses

    • v.: verb: press, 3rd person present: presses, gerund or present participle: pressing, past tense: pressed, past participle: pressed

    • verb

      put (someone or something) to a specified use, especially as a temporary or makeshift measure:

      force (a man) to enlist in the army or navy.

    • noun

      a forcible enlistment of men, especially for the navy.
    • verb

      move or cause to move into a position of contact with something by exerting continuous physical force:

      exert continuous physical force on (something), typically in order to operate a device:

    • noun

      a device for applying pressure to something in order to flatten or shape it or to extract juice or oil:

      a machine that applies pressure to a workpiece by means of a tool, in order to punch shapes.

    • verb

      put someone or something to a specified use, especially as a temporary or makeshift measure:

      force (a man) to enlist in the army or navy.

    • noun

      a forcible enlistment of men, especially for the navy.
    • adjective

      past and past participle of press

      flattened, shaped, or smoothed by the application of pressure, typically from an iron:

    • adjective

      forced to enlist in the army or navy:
    • adjective

      past and past participle of press

      flattened, shaped, or smoothed by the application of pressure, typically from an iron:

    • adjective

      forced to enlist in the army or navy:
    • noun

      a device in which paper or cloth is pressed between glazed boards and hot metal plates in order to produce a smooth or glossy surface.

      a hot press used in making plywood.

    • verb

      press with a hot press:
    • noun

      a body of men employed to enlist men forcibly into service in the army or navy.
    • verb

      forcibly enlist (someone) into service in the army or navy:

      force someone to do something:

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