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pronunciation:
pres
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: pressed, presses, pressing
definition 1: to bear down on with strong or moderate pressure.
The doctor pressed the patient's abdomen to see if she had pain there.
similar words:
compact, compress, crowd, crush, impact, punch, squash, squeeze
definition 2: to cause to be a certain way by bearing down on with moderate pressure.
Some edges of the paper were curling up, so she pressed them flat.
definition 3: to push or force in a particular direction.
You need to press the button down to turn off the alarm.
synonyms:
push
similar words:
depress, drive, force, impact, impel, pin down, propel, thrust
definition 4: to make flat or smooth.
His mother pressed his shirts.
similar words:
calender, flatten, hot-press, iron, mangle, smooth
definition 5: to hold or embrace closely.
The woman pressed her baby close to shield him from the rain.He knew his wife was worried, and he pressed her hand.
synonyms:
embrace, hug, squeeze
similar words:
clasp, embosom, envelop, hold
definition 6: to insist on or thrust (something) upon another or others.
She pressed her feminist ideas on him.He pressed many gifts on the visitors.
synonyms:
push, thrust
similar words:
enforce, force
definition 7: to urge in such a way as to make uncomfortable.
Stop pressing me for details.My father is pressing me to make a decision.
synonyms:
pressure
similar words:
beset, crowd, dun, enforce, hound, importune, lobby, nag, push
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to exert pressure or force.
synonyms:
push
similar words:
compel, crowd, squeeze, thrust
definition 2: to move forward; continue to advance or progress (often fol. by on or forward).
She pressed on in spite of interferences.
synonyms:
forge
similar words:
advance, proceed, progress, push
definition 3: to seek; entreat.
I will press for information.
synonyms:
push, seek
similar words:
entreat
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the people, machines, or institutions involved in the gathering and publication of news (preceded by "the").
The accident wasn't reported by the press until the following day.The press was not allowed in the courtroom.
similar words:
fourth estate, journalists, mass media, media, newspapermen, newspaperwomen, radio, reporters, television
definition 2: that which is published by the people and institutions involved in the gathering of news.
The politician hoped to avoid any bad press that the incident might provoke.The woman was reported in the press to be the actor's fiancee.
similar words:
news, newspapers, publicity
definition 3: an establishment for printing books, magazines, or other materials.
synonyms:
print shop, printery
definition 4: the act of applying weight or pressure.
synonyms:
pressure
similar words:
compression
definition 5: a crowding together, as of people, into a large group.
synonyms:
crush
similar words:
crowd, throng
definition 6: any of certain machines that act by applying pressure.
a printing pressa drill press
similar words:
drill press, printing press
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derivation: pressed (adv.)
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  • pressman:
    a person who operates a press.
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