Definitions for pressprɛs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to act upon with steadily applied weight or force.

  2. to move by weight or force in a certain direction or into a certain position.

  3. to compress or squeeze, as to alter in shape or size.

  4. to subject to pressure.

  5. to hold closely, as in an embrace; clasp.

  6. to flatten or make smooth, esp. by ironing.

  7. to extract juice or contents from by pressure.

  8. to squeeze out (juice).

  9. to beset; harass.

  10. to trouble or oppress, as by lack of something.

  11. to urge or entreat insistently:

    to press someone for an explanation.

  12. to emphasize or propound forcefully:

    He pressed his own ideas on us.

  13. to urge onward; hasten.

  14. to push forward.

  15. to manufacture (phonograph records or the like) by stamping from a mold.

    Category: Hi-Fi and Audio

  16. (v.i.)to exert weight, force, or pressure.

  17. to raise or lift, esp. a specified amount of weight, in a press.

    Category: Sports and Games

  18. to iron clothing, curtains, etc.

  19. to bear heavily, as upon the mind.

  20. (of athletes and competitors) to strain because of frustration.

    Category: Sports and Games

  21. to compel haste or attention.

  22. to use urgent entreaty:

    to press for an answer.

  23. to push forward or advance with force or haste:

    The army pressed on.

  24. to crowd; throng.

  25. Basketball. to employ a press.

    Category: Sport

  26. (n.)an act of pressing.

  27. the state of being pressed.

  28. Ref: printing press.

  29. printed publications collectively, esp. newspapers and periodicals.

  30. all the media and agencies that print, broadcast, or gather and transmit news. their editorial employees.

  31. (often used with a pl. v.) a group from the news media, as reporters and photographers.

  32. the consensus of critical commentary or amount of coverage in the news:

    The play received a good press.

  33. an establishment for printing books, magazines, etc.

    Category: Printing

  34. the process or art of printing.

    Category: Printing

  35. any of various devices or machines for exerting pressure, stamping, or crushing.

    Category: Machinery

  36. a crowding, thronging, or pressing together:

    the press of the crowd .

  37. a crowd; throng.

  38. the desired smooth or creased effect caused by ironing or pressing.

  39. urgency, as of affairs or business.

  40. a large upright case or cupboard for holding clothes, linens, books, etc.

    Category: Furniture

  41. Basketball. an aggressive form of defense in which players guard opponents very closely.

    Category: Sports and Games

  42. a lift in which a barbell is pushed overhead from chest level with the arms extended straight up, without moving the legs or feet.

    Category: Sports and Games

Origin of press:

1175–1225; ME < OF presser < L pressāre, freq. of premere (ptp. pressus) to press


  1. to force into service, esp. naval or military service; impress.

  2. to make use of in a manner different from that intended or desired:

    A bus was pressed into service as an ambulance.

  3. (n.)impressment into service, esp. naval or military service.

Origin of press:

1535–45; back formation from prest, ptp. of obs. prest to take (men) for military service, v. use of prest money advanced to enlistees

Princeton's WordNet

  1. imperativeness, insistence, insistency, press, pressure(noun)

    the state of demanding notice or attention

    "the insistence of their hunger"; "the press of business matters"

  2. press, public press(noun)

    the print media responsible for gathering and publishing news in the form of newspapers or magazines

  3. press, printing press(noun)

    a machine used for printing

  4. crush, jam, press(noun)

    a dense crowd of people

  5. wardrobe, closet, press(noun)

    a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes

  6. press(noun)

    clamp to prevent wooden rackets from warping when not in use

  7. press, mechanical press(noun)

    any machine that exerts pressure to form or shape or cut materials or extract liquids or compress solids

  8. press, military press(noun)

    a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then smoothly lifted overhead

  9. press, pressure, pressing(verb)

    the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure

    "he gave the button a press"; "he used pressure to stop the bleeding"; "at the pressing of a button"

  10. press(verb)

    exert pressure or force to or upon

    "He pressed down on the boards"; "press your thumb on this spot"

  11. urge, urge on, press, exhort(verb)

    force or impel in an indicated direction

    "I urged him to finish his studies"

  12. weigh, press(verb)

    to be oppressive or burdensome

    "weigh heavily on the mind", "Something pressed on his mind"

  13. press(verb)

    place between two surfaces and apply weight or pressure

    "pressed flowers"

  14. compress, constrict, squeeze, compact, contract, press(verb)

    squeeze or press together

    "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle"

  15. press(verb)

    crowd closely

    "The crowds pressed along the street"

  16. press(verb)

    create by pressing

    "Press little holes into the soft clay"

  17. press(verb)

    be urgent

    "This is a pressing problem"

  18. crusade, fight, press, campaign, push, agitate(verb)

    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

    "The liberal party pushed for reforms"; "She is crusading for women's rights"; "The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate"

  19. press, press out(verb)

    press from a plastic

    "press a record"

  20. press, push(verb)

    make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby

    "`Now push hard,' said the doctor to the woman"

  21. iron, iron out, press(verb)

    press and smooth with a heated iron

    "press your shirts"; "she stood there ironing"

  22. weight-lift, weightlift, press(verb)

    lift weights

    "This guy can press 300 pounds"

  23. bid, beseech, entreat, adjure, press, conjure(verb)

    ask for or request earnestly

    "The prophet bid all people to become good persons"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. press(verb)ɛs

    to push with your fingers

    Press one to hear this message again.; Press down on the lid to seal.

  2. pressɛs

    to push sth against sth

    people pressing against each other on the subway; She pressed her face to the window, trying to see.

  3. pressɛs

    to try repeatedly to make sb do sth

    His family was pressing him to take the money.

  4. press(noun)ɛs

    reporters and other people who work for news organizations

    the local/national press; to answer questions for the press; a story recently in the press

  5. pressɛs

    a machine that prints books, newspapers, etc.

    newspapers coming off the presses

  6. pressɛs

    a device that squeezes sth

    a garlic press

Webster Dictionary

  1. Press(noun)

    an East Indian insectivore (Tupaia ferruginea). It is arboreal in its habits, and has a bushy tail. The fur is soft, and varies from rusty red to maroon and to brownish black

  2. Press(noun)

    to force into service, particularly into naval service; to impress

  3. Press(noun)

    a commission to force men into public service, particularly into the navy

  4. Press

    to urge, or act upon, with force, as weight; to act upon by pushing or thrusting, in distinction from pulling; to crowd or compel by a gradual and continued exertion; to bear upon; to squeeze; to compress; as, we press the ground with the feet when we walk; we press the couch on which we repose; we press substances with the hands, fingers, or arms; we are pressed in a crowd

  5. Press

    to squeeze, in order to extract the juice or contents of; to squeeze out, or express, from something

  6. Press

    to squeeze in or with suitable instruments or apparatus, in order to compact, make dense, or smooth; as, to press cotton bales, paper, etc.; to smooth by ironing; as, to press clothes

  7. Press

    to embrace closely; to hug

  8. Press

    to oppress; to bear hard upon

  9. Press

    to straiten; to distress; as, to be pressed with want or hunger

  10. Press

    to exercise very powerful or irresistible influence upon or over; to constrain; to force; to compel

  11. Press

    to try to force (something upon some one); to urge or inculcate with earnestness or importunity; to enforce; as, to press divine truth on an audience

  12. Press

    to drive with violence; to hurry; to urge on; to ply hard; as, to press a horse in a race

  13. Press(verb)

    to exert pressure; to bear heavily; to push, crowd, or urge with steady force

  14. Press(verb)

    to move on with urging and crowding; to make one's way with violence or effort; to bear onward forcibly; to crowd; to throng; to encroach

  15. Press(verb)

    to urge with vehemence or importunity; to exert a strong or compelling influence; as, an argument presses upon the judgment

  16. Press(noun)

    an apparatus or machine by which any substance or body is pressed, squeezed, stamped, or shaped, or by which an impression of a body is taken; sometimes, the place or building containing a press or presses

  17. Press(noun)

    specifically, a printing press

  18. Press(noun)

    the art or business of printing and publishing; hence, printed publications, taken collectively, more especially newspapers or the persons employed in writing for them; as, a free press is a blessing, a licentious press is a curse

  19. Press(noun)

    an upright case or closet for the safe keeping of articles; as, a clothes press

  20. Press(noun)

    the act of pressing or thronging forward

  21. Press(noun)

    urgent demands of business or affairs; urgency; as, a press of engagements

  22. Press(noun)

    a multitude of individuals crowded together; / crowd of single things; a throng


  1. Press

    Press was a daily middle-market tabloid newspaper published in Belgrade. Press Publishing Group also owns a daily aimed at businesspeople called Biznis, as well as a lifestyle weekly magazine Lola and a glossy monthly magazine called FAME. Founded in late 2005, the company has quickly established itself as one of Serbia's leading media enterprises. According to its most recent annual financial report submitted to Serbian Economic Register Agency, the company has 136 employees and it posted an annual profit of RSD58,830,000 for the calendar year 2007.


  1. Press

    Press for iOS allows you to create multimedia slideshows on your iPhone, using photos you take, sounds you record, and text you write. You can send these slideshows to other users, who can add or edit the photos and sound as a group. A slideshow can evolve greatly over time and between users, so our backend keeps a version history. Any slideshow can be posted to Facebook or disseminated in a Tweet, where it is viewable on the Web. to anyone with the link.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'press' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #994

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'press' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1199

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'press' in Nouns Frequency: #426

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'press' in Verbs Frequency: #290

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Translations for press

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an act of pressing

He gave her hand a press; You had better give your shirt a press.

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