What does press mean?

Definitions for press

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word press.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. imperativeness, insistence, insistency, press, pressurenoun

    the state of demanding notice or attention

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

  2. press, public pressnoun

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

  3. press, printing pressnoun

    a machine used for printing

  4. crush, jam, pressnoun

    a dense crowd of people

  5. wardrobe, closet, pressnoun

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

  6. pressnoun

    clamp to prevent wooden rackets from warping when not in use

  7. press, mechanical pressnoun

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

  8. press, military pressnoun

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

  9. press, pressure, pressingverb

    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. pressverb

    exert pressure or force to or upon

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

  11. urge, urge on, press, exhortverb

    force or impel in an indicated direction

    "I urged him to finish his studies"

  12. weigh, pressverb

    to be oppressive or burdensome

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

  13. pressverb

    place between two surfaces and apply weight or pressure

    "pressed flowers"

  14. compress, constrict, squeeze, compact, contract, pressverb

    squeeze or press together

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

  15. pressverb

    crowd closely

    "The crowds pressed along the street"

  16. pressverb

    create by pressing

    "Press little holes into the soft clay"

  17. pressverb

    be urgent

    "This is a pressing problem"

  18. crusade, fight, press, campaign, push, agitateverb

    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 outverb

    press from a plastic

    "press a record"

  20. press, pushverb

    make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby

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

  21. iron, iron out, pressverb

    press and smooth with a heated iron

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

  22. weight-lift, weightlift, pressverb

    lift weights

    "This guy can press 300 pounds"

  23. bid, beseech, entreat, adjure, press, conjureverb

    ask for or request earnestly

    "The prophet bid all people to become good persons"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pressnoun

    Etymology: pressoir, Fr. from the verb.

    The press is full, the fats overflow. Joel iii. 13.

    When one came to the press fats to draw out fifty vessels out of the press, there were but twenty. Hag. ii. 16.

    The stomach and intestines are the press, and the lacteal vessels the strainers, to separate the pure emulsion from the fæces. Arbuthnot.

    They kept their cloaths, when they were not worn, constantly in a press, to give them a lustre. Arbuthnot.

    These letters are of the second edition; he will print them out of doubt, for he cares not what he puts into the press, when he would put us two in. William Shakespeare.

    Paul and Barnabas, when infidels admiring their virtues, went about to sacrifice unto them, rent their garments in token of horror, and as frighted, ran crying through the press of the people, O men wherefore do ye these things. Richard Hooker.

    She held a great gold chain ylinked well,
    Whose upper end to highest heaven was knit,
    And lower part did reach to lowest hell,
    And all that press did round about her swell,
    To catchen hold of that long chain. Fairy Queen.

    Who is it in the press that calls on me?
    I hear a tongue, shriller than all the musick,
    Cry, Cæsar. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    Death having prey’d upon the outward parts,
    Leaves them insensible; his siege is now
    Against the mind; the which he pricks and wounds
    With many legions of strange fantasies;
    Which in their throng, and press to that last hold,
    Confound themselves. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Ambitious Turnus in the press appears,
    And aggravating crimes augment their fears. Dryden.

    A new express all Agra does affright,
    Darah and Aurengzebe are join’d in fight;
    The press of people thickens to the court,
    Th’ impatient croud devouring the report. Dryden.

    Through the press enrag’d Thalestris flies,
    And scatters deaths around from both her eyes. Alexander Pope.

    Creep into the kill hole. —— Neither press, coffer, chest, trunk; but he hath an abstract for the remembrance of such places. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    If I be not ashamed of my soldiers, I am a sowc’d gurnet; I have misus’d the king’s press damnably. William Shakespeare.

    Concerning the musters and presses for sufficient mariners to serve in his majesty’s ships, either the care is very little, or the bribery very great. Walter Raleigh.

  2. To PRESSverb

    Etymology: presser, Fr. premo, pressus, Lat.

    The grapes I pressed into Pharaoh’s cup. Gen. xl. 11.

    Good measure pressed down, shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. Luke vi. 38.

    From sweet kernels press’d,
    She tempers dulcet creams. John Milton.

    I put pledgets of lint pressed out on the excoriation. Richard Wiseman.

    Their morning milk the peasants press at night,
    Their evening milk before the rising light. Dryden.

    After pressing out of the coleseed for oil in Lincolnshire, they burn the cakes to heat their ovens. John Mortimer.

    Once or twice she heav’d the name of father
    Pantingly forth, as if it prest her heart. William Shakespeare.

    The experience of his goodness in her own deliverance, might cause her merciful disposition to take so much the more delight in saving others, whom the like necessity should press. Richard Hooker.

    The posts that rode upon mules and camels, went out, being hastened and pressed on by the king’s commands. Esther.

    I was prest by his majesty’s commands, to assist at the treaty. William Temple, Miscel.

    He gapes; and straight
    With hunger prest, devours the pleasing bait. Dryden.

    He pressed a letter upon me, within this hour, to deliver to you. John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.

    Come with words as medical as true,
    Honest as either, to purge him of that humour
    That presses him from sleep. William Shakespeare.

    Paul was pressed in spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ. Acts xviii. 5.

    Wickedness condemned by her own witness, and pressed with conscience, forecasteth grievous things. Wisdom xvii. 11.

    Be sure to press upon him every motive. Addison.

    I am the more bold to press it upon you, because these accomplishments sit more handsomely on persons of quality, than any other. Henry Felton, on the Classicks.

    Those who negotiated, took care to make demands impossible to be complied with; and therefore might securely press every article, as if they were in earnest. Jonathan Swift.

    Chymists I may press with arguments, drawn from some of the eminentest writers of their sect. Boyle.

    He press’d her matron lips
    With kisses pure. John Milton.

    She took her son, and press’d
    Th’ illustrious infant to her fragrant breast. Dryden.

    His easy heart receiv’d the guilty flame,
    And from that time he prest her with his passion. Smith.

    Leucothoe shook,
    And press’d Palemon closer in her arms. Alexander Pope.

    The place thou pressest on thy mother earth,
    Is all thy empire now: now it contains thee. Dryden.

    Let them be pressed, and ready to give succours to their confederates, as it ever was with the Romans; for if the confederate had leagues defensive with divers other states, and implored their aids, the Romans would ever be the formost. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    Prest for their country’s honour and their king’s,
    On their sharp beaks they whet their pointed stings. Dryd.

    Do but say to me what I should do,
    That in your knowledge may by me be done,
    And I am prest into it. William Shakespeare.

    For every man that Bolingbroke hath press’d
    To lift sharp steel against our golden crown,
    Heav’n for his Richard hath in store
    A glorious angel. William Shakespeare, Richard II.

    From London by the king was I prest forth. William Shakespeare.

    They are enforced of very necessity to press the best and greatest part of their men out of the West countries, which is no small charge. Walter Raleigh.

    The endeavour to raise new men for the recruit of the army by pressing, found opposition in many places. Edward Hyde.

    The peaceful peasant to the wars is prest,
    The fields lie fallow in inglorious rest. Dryden.

    Must grandson Filbert to the wars be prest. John Gay.

    You were pressed for the sea-service, and got off with much a-do. Jonathan Swift.

  3. To Pressverb

    If there be fair proofs on the one side, and none at all on the other, and if the most pressing difficulties be on that side, on which there are no proofs, this is sufficient to render one opinion very credible, and the other altogether incredible. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    A great many uneasinesses always solliciting the will, it is natural, that the greatest and most pressing should determine it to the next action. John Locke.

    I make bold to press
    With so little preparation.
    —— You’re welcome. William Shakespeare.

    I press toward the mark for the prize. Phil. iii. 14.

    The Turks gave a great shout, and pressed in on all sides, to have entered the breach. Richard Knolles.

    Thronging crowds press on you as you pass,
    And with their eager joy make triumph flow. Dryden.

    Th’ insulting victor presses on the more,
    And treads the steps the vanquish’d trod before. Dryden.

    She is always drawn in a posture of walking, it being as natural for Hope to press forward to her proper objects, as for Fear to fly from them. Joseph Addison, on Ancient Medals.

    Let us not therefore faint, or be weary in our journey, much less turn back or sit down in despair; but press chearfully forward to the high mark of our calling. John Rogers.

    On superior powers
    Were we to press, inferior might on ours. Alexander Pope.

    For he had healed many, insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him. Mar. iii. 10.

    Counsel she may; and I will give thy ear
    The knowledge first of what is fit to hear:
    What I transact with others or alone,
    Beware to learn; not press too near the throne. Dryden.

    He pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in. Gen.

    The less blood he drew, the more he took of treasure; and, as some construed it, he was the more sparing in the one, that he might be the more pressing in the other. Francis Bacon.

    So thick the shiv’ring army stands,
    And press for passage with extended hands. Dryden.

    When arguments press equally in matters indifferent, the safest method is to give up ourselves to neither. Addison.

    Patroclus presses upon Hector too boldly, and by obliging him to fight, discovers it was not the true Achilles. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pressnoun

    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. Pressnoun

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

  3. Pressnoun

    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. Pressverb

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

  14. Pressverb

    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. Pressverb

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

  16. Pressnoun

    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. Pressnoun

    specifically, a printing press

  18. Pressnoun

    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. Pressnoun

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

  20. Pressnoun

    the act of pressing or thronging forward

  21. Pressnoun

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

  22. Pressnoun

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

  23. Etymology: [For prest, confused with press.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Press

    pres, v.t. to push on or against with a heavy weight or with great force: to squeeze out, as juice: to clasp or embrace: to bear heavily on: to distress: to urge strongly: to present to the mind with earnestness: to lay stress upon: to hurry on with great speed: to shape or smooth by the application of weight.—v.i. to exert pressure: to push with force: to crowd: to go forward with violence: to urge with vehemence and importunity: to exert a strong influence.—n. Press′er.—adj. Press′ing, urgent: importunate: forcible.—adv. Press′ingly.—n. Pres′sion. [Fr. presser—L. pressārepremĕre, pressum, to squeeze.]

  2. Press

    pres, n. an instrument for squeezing bodies: a printing-machine: the art or business of printing and publishing: act of urging forward: urgency: strong demand: a crowd: a closet for holding articles.—ns. Press′-bed, a bed enclosed in a cupboard, or folding up into it; Press′fat (B.), the vat of an olive or wine press for collecting the liquor; Press′man, one who works a printing-press: a journalist or reporter: a member of a pressgang; Press′mark, a mark upon a book to show its place among others in a library; Press′-room, a room where printing-presses are worked; Press′-work, the operation of taking impressions from type or plates by means of the printing-press.—Press of sail, as much sail as can be carried.—Brahmah press, a hydraulic press called after Mr Brahmah, its inventor; Cylinder press, a printing-press in which the types are laid on a cylinder which revolves, instead of on a flat surface; Hydraulic press (see Hydraulic); Liberty of the press, the right of publishing books, &c., without submitting them to a government authority for permission; The Press, the literature of a country, esp. its newspapers.

  3. Press

    pres, v.t. to carry men off by violence to become soldiers or sailors.—ns. Press′gang, a gang or body of sailors under an officer empowered to impress men into the navy; Press′-mon′ey (for prest-money), earnest-money. [Corr. from old form prest, from O. Fr. prester (Fr. prêter), to lend—præstāre, to offer—præ, before, stāre, to stand.]


  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.

Editors Contribution

  1. press

    A piece of furniture.

    They bought a press for the sitting room to put their favourite flower vase and photo frames on.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

  2. press

    To put our finger on.

    They did press the button to turn the television on.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 22, 2020  


  1. Press

    =filator; q.v.

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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of press in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of press in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of press in a Sentence

  1. Nancy Pelosi:

    It was disturbing to see. … He literally ran away from the press when he was asked about his position, republicans can run, but they cannot hide from what happened on Jan. 6, to call that legitimate political discourse —140 law enforcement officers were wounded. Some people died. It was an assault on our Capitol, our Congress and more importantly an assault on our democracy.

  2. Senator Manchin:

    The nearest-term issuesThings may not have been blown up on Monday, but there are still very real issues that need to be resolved -- and quickly.There are intensive negotiations to find a compromise on prescription drugs -- something left out of Biden's framework -- that can make its way into the package. This is a huge issue for House Democrats, who know it polls extremely well and has also been a long-standing commitment for the party.But the opposition of a handful of House House Democrats and Sinema have limited the scope and scale of the initial ambitions.Still, for a few days it appeared it would be scrapped altogether. Then House Democrats launched frenzied behind-the-scenes negotiations to try and thread the needle. Those are still ongoing.Democratic leaders also have to address immigration, which a handful of House Democrats have also said must be addressed to secure House Democrats votes. Senate rules have limited -- if not outright killed -- most ambitions on this front. But leaders know they need some kind of resolution here.And finally, Manchin's full-throated view that Senator Manchin needs to see scores in order to vote on any final proposal isn't exclusive to him.There are a group of moderate House House Democrats who share that view and have communicated it with leadership, according to two sources.Given how quickly Democratic leaders want to move, that stance makes things more complicated.Remember : House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can only afford to lose three House Democrats. There is virtually no margin for error and a number of real issues to resolve -- and fast. Another under-appreciated outstanding issueProgressives may now be willing to move forward without explicit assurances from centrist senators, but moderate Democrats have been clear for weeks they don't want to vote on anything that will then be changed in the Senate. With Senator Manchin making clear there's still a long way to go with Senator Manchin, this is an issue that needs to be reconciled.About the Senator Manchin remarksCNN reported that Senator Manchin had been frustrated that House Democrats were trying to get Senator Manchin to make a clear endorsement of the $ 1.75 trillion framework -- and Senator Manchin wanted to make clear where Senator Manchin stood as Senator Manchin was getting lobbied to back adding more social programs to the plan, according to a source familiar with Senator Manchin thinking. Senator Manchin also had grown angry that progressives thought they had leverage over Senator Manchin to back the $ 1.75 trillion social safety net expansion plan if they withheld their support for the $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, the source said. Senator Manchin, the source said, also didn't like last-minute changes being made to the social safety net proposal. In short, Senator Manchin didn't want to get jammed into supporting something Senator Manchin was far from ready to endorse.The White House viewAbout 20 minutes after Senator Manchin concluded Senator Manchin remarks, White House press secretary Jen Psaki released this statement :.

  3. Joe Biden:

    The press is ready to declare people dead quickly, but we're alive and we're coming back and we're gonna win.

  4. Rob Malley:

    We want to hold them separate because we don't want to hold the release of the hostages, we don't want to condition it on reaching a deal on the JCPOA, our view is the release of the hostage should occur no matter what and we will continue to press whether the JCPOA is ongoing or not.

  5. Lee Goodman:

    All press organizations should be concerned when the government asserts regulatory authority to punish and censor news coverage.

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Translations for press

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  • ضغط, صحافةArabic
  • матбуғатBashkir
  • premsa, prémer, impressoraCatalan, Valencian
  • lis, tisk, stisknout, tisknoutCzech
  • Presse, Druckerpresse, drückenGerman
  • presiloEsperanto
  • prensa, presionar, oprimir, pres, prensarSpanish
  • مطبوعات, افشردنPersian
  • paino, lehdistö, komero, painokone, painaa, kaappi, puristin, punnerrusFinnish
  • presse, imprimerie, pressoir, presser, appuyerFrench
  • priosIrish
  • preasScottish Gaelic
  • presionar, prensa, prensarGalician
  • עיתונותHebrew
  • प्रेस, दबानाHindi
  • nyomás, sajtó, nyom, benyom, prés, szekrény, megnyomHungarian
  • սեղմել, մամուլArmenian
  • persIndonesian
  • presarIdo
  • pressa, stampa, premere, torchioItalian
  • 棚, パンツプレッサー, メディア, タンス, 押し花器, ズボンプレス, ズボンプレッサー, パンツプレス, 押す, 圧搾機, 報道, 印刷機, プレスJapanese
  • 미디어, 누르다Korean
  • perehi, kūeneMāori
  • drukken, persDutch
  • prasaPolish
  • prensa, imprensa, pressionar, insistir, prensarPortuguese
  • соковыжималка, печатный станок, жать, нажать, пресс, пресса, печать, нажимать, давить, надавитьRussian
  • trycka, press, tryckpressSwedish
  • பத்திரிகைTamil
  • หนังสือพิมพ์, ดัน, กดThai
  • دباناUrdu
  • ấn, ép, báo chíVietnamese

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    applies to nonhuman mammals: a state or interval of sexual inactivity between two periods of estrus
    • A. substrate
    • B. mealie
    • C. tithe
    • D. anestrus

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