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press1

press1

 
pronunciation:
pres
parts of speech:
verb, noun
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part of speech: verb
inflections: pressed, presses, pressing
definition 1: to bear down on.
The doctor pressed her abdomen to see if she had pain there.
similar words:
compact, compress, crowd, crush, punch, squash, squeeze
definition 2: to use pressure or force.
You have to press a little harder on the string to get the right note.
synonyms:
push
similar words:
thrust
definition 3: to push or force in a particular direction.
You have to press the button down to turn off the alarm.
synonyms:
push
similar words:
depress, drive, force, propel, thrust
definition 4: to make flat or smooth.
He pressed his shirts with an iron.
similar words:
flatten, iron, smooth
definition 5: to hold or hug closely.
The woman pressed her baby close to shield him from the rain.
synonyms:
embrace, hug, squeeze
similar words:
clasp, envelop, hold
definition 6: to keep asking in such a way as to make uncomfortable.
My father is pressing me to make a decision.
synonyms:
pressure
similar words:
beset, hound, nag, push
definition 7: to move forward; continue to move ahead (often followed by "on" or "forward").
The hikers pressed on in spite of the heat.
synonyms:
forge
similar words:
advance, proceed, progress, push
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: newspapers and magazines and the people who work for them.
The press followed the movie star wherever he went.
similar words:
journalists, mass media, media, newspapers, radio, reporters, television
definition 2: the act of putting weight or pressure on something.
With the press of a button, you can lock all four doors of the car.
synonyms:
pressure
definition 3: any of certain machines that act by pressing.
The invention of the printing press changed human history.The farmer loaded a bushel of apples into the cider press.
similar words:
printing press
derivation: pressed (adv.)
Word Builder: press +
  • pressman:
    a person who operates a press.
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