UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈprɛsɪŋ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈprɛsɪŋ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(presing)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
press•ing /ˈprɛsɪŋ/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. urgent;
    needing attention:a pressing need for food supplies.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
press•ing  (presing),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. urgent;
    demanding immediate attention:a pressing need.

  1. Sound Reproductionany phonograph record produced in a record-molding press from a master or a stamper.
  2. Sound Reproductiona number of such records produced at one time:The fifth pressing of his hit song has sold out.
pressing•ly, adv. 
pressing•ness, n. 
  • 1300–50; Middle English presing (gerund, gerundive); see press1, -ing2, -ing1
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged crucial, vital, critical, imperative.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
pressing /ˈprɛsɪŋ/ adj
  1. demanding immediate attention
  2. persistent or importunate
  1. a large specified number of gramophone records produced at one time from a master record
  2. the tactic of trying to stay very close to the opposition when they are in possession of the ball

ˈpressingly adv
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
press1 /prɛs/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to act upon or move (something) with steady force;
    to push: [+ object]He pressed the gas pedal and the car shot forward.[no object]He pressed on the gas pedal but nothing happened.
  2. to put pressure on (something), esp. so as to change shape or size: [+ object]He pressed the clay into a ball.[no object]She pressed down on the dough.
  3. to hold closely, as in an embrace;
    clasp:[+ object]She pressed my hand when we were introduced.
  4. to flatten or make smooth, esp. by ironing:[+ object]He pressed his jacket and slacks.
  5. to squeeze out juice or the insides of (something, as grapes) by pressure:[+ object]pressed the grapes to produce wine.
  6. to squeeze out (juice):[+ object]They pressed enough juice to make fifteen gallons of wine.
  7. to bother, annoy, or harass;
    keep bothering: [+ object]Don't press your kids so hard; they'll do better if you just leave them alone.[no object]The media kept pressing for an explanation.
  8. to cause trouble, worry, or strain;
    oppress: [+ object;  often: be + ~-ed + for]Poverty presses people down. She's pressed for funds right now.[no object]The pressure is pressing down on him.
  9. to emphasize with force or persuasion:[+ object]pressed his own ideas about school reform on the community.
  10. Sport to raise or lift, esp. a specified amount of weight, in the sport of weightlifting:[+ object]He pressed five hundred pounds.
  11. to (cause to) push forward: [no object]The army pressed on.[+ object]He pressed the car ahead.
  12. to crowd around someone;
    throng:[no object]The crowd pressed in on him.

  1. an act of pressing:[countable]two or three presses on the doorbell.
  2. printing press.
  3. [uncountable] printed publications or news organizations thought of as a group [usually: the + ~]"I'm from the press, let me in,'' he demanded.[+ ~]A free press is essential to a democracy.
  4. a group of people from the news media, as reporters and photographers:[plural;  used with a plural verb;usually: the + ~]The press in the second campaign plane were angry when their plane couldn't land.
  5. the commentary, criticism, or opinion about a person, etc., carried in newspapers and other media: [countable;  usually singular: a + ~]The movie received a good press.[uncountable]During the war the general received fairly good press.
  6. Printing an establishment for printing books, magazines, etc.:[countable]the University of Illinois Press.
  7. Mechanical Engineering any of various devices or machines for squeezing, stamping, or crushing:[countable]a wine press.
  8. a crowding, thronging, or pressing together:[countable;  singular]the press of the crowd .
  9. urgency, as of affairs or business:[uncountable]the dizzying press of business the first week of a sale.
  10. Sport a lift in which a barbell is pushed up from chest level with the arms straight up, without moving the legs or feet:[countable]a clean press of over 500 pounds.
  1. Printing, Idiomsgo to press, to begin being printed:By the time the newspaper went to press, the last game wasn't over yet.

press•er, n. [countable]See -press-.

press2 /prɛs/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to force into service, esp. military service.
  2. to make use of (something) in a manner different from that intended:A bus was pressed into service as an ambulance.

-press-, root. 
  1. -press- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "squeeze;
    press (down).'' This meaning is found in such words as: compress, compression, decompression, depress, depression, express, impress, impression, impressive, inexpressible, irrepressible, oppress, press, pressure, repress, suppress.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
press1  (pres),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  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:The crowd pressed him into a corner.
  3. to compress or squeeze, as to alter in shape or size:He pressed the clay into a ball.
  4. to weigh heavily upon;
    subject to pressure.
  5. to hold closely, as in an embrace;
    clasp:He pressed her in his arms.
  6. to flatten or make smooth, esp. by ironing:to press clothes; to press flowers in the leaves of a book.
  7. to extract juice, sugar, etc., from by pressure:to press grapes.
  8. to squeeze out or express, as juice:to press the juice from grapes.
  9. to beset or harass;
    afflict:He was pressed by problems on all sides.
  10. to trouble or oppress;
    put into a difficult position, as by depriving:Poverty pressed them hard.
  11. to urge or entreat strongly or insistently:to press for payment of a debt; to press for an answer.
  12. to emphasize or propound forcefully;
    insist upon:He pressed his own ideas on us.
  13. to plead with insistence:to press a claim.
  14. to urge onward;
    hasten:He pressed his horse to go faster.
  15. to push forward.

  1. Sound Reproductionto manufacture (phonograph records, videodiscs, or the like), esp. by stamping from a mold or matrix.
  2. to exert weight, force, or pressure.
  3. Sport[WeightLifting.]to raise or lift, esp. a specified amount of weight, in a press.
  4. to iron clothing, curtains, etc.
  5. to bear heavily, as upon the mind.
  6. Sport(of athletes and competitors) to perform tensely or overanxiously, as when one feels pressured or is determined to break out of a slump;
    strain because of frustration:For days he hasn't seemed able to buy a hit, and he's been pressing.
  7. to compel haste:Time presses.
  8. to demand immediate attention.
  9. to use urgent entreaty:to press for an answer.
  10. to push forward or advance with force, eagerness, or haste:The army pressed to reach the river by dawn.
  11. to crowd or throng.
  12. Sport[Basketball.]to employ a press.
  13. Idiomspress the flesh, [Informal.]See  flesh (def. 15).

  1. an act of pressing;
  2. the state of being pressed.
  3. printed publications collectively, esp. newspapers and periodicals.
  4. all the media and agencies that print, broadcast, or gather and transmit news, including newspapers, newsmagazines, radio and television news bureaus, and wire services.
  5. the editorial employees, taken collectively, of these media and agencies.
  6. (often used with a pl. v.) a group of news reporters, or of news reporters and news photographers:The press are in the outer office, waiting for a statement.
  7. the consensus of the general critical commentary or the amount of coverage accorded a person, thing, or event, esp. in newspapers and periodicals (often prec. by good or bad):The play received a good press. The minister's visit got a bad press.
  8. PrintingSee  printing press. 
  9. Printingan establishment for printing books, magazines, etc.
  10. Printingthe process or art of printing.
  11. Mechanical Engineeringany of various devices or machines for exerting pressure, stamping, or crushing.
  12. a wooden or metal viselike device for preventing a tennis or other racket from warping when not in use.
  13. a pressing or pushing forward.
  14. a crowding, thronging, or pressing together;
    collective force:The press of the crowd drove them on.
  15. a crowd, throng, or multitude.
  16. the desired smooth or creased effect caused by ironing or pressing:His suit was out of press.
  17. pressure or urgency, as of affairs or business.
  18. Furniturean upright case or other piece of furniture for holding clothes, books, pamphlets, etc.
  19. Sport[Basketball.]an aggressive form of defense in which players guard opponents very closely.
  20. Sport[Weightlifting.]a lift in which the barbell, after having been lifted from the ground up to chest level, is pushed to a position overhead with the arms extended straight up, without moving the legs or feet.
  21. Printing, Idiomsgo to press, to begin being printed:The last edition has gone to press.
pressa•ble, adj. 
  • Latin pressāre, as above
  • Old French presser)
  • Medieval Latin pressa, noun, nominal use of feminine of pressus); (verb, verbal) Middle English pressen (
  • Latin pressāre, frequentative of premere (past participle pressus) to press (compare rare Old English press clothespress
  • Old French, derivative of presser to press
  • (noun, nominal) Middle English press(e) throng, company, trouble, machine for pressing, clothespress 1175–1225
    • 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged annoy, worry, torment, assail, besiege.
    • 11.See corresponding entry in Unabridged induce, persuade, beg, implore.

press2  (pres),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to force into service, esp. naval or military service;
  2. to make use of in a manner different from that intended or desired:French taxis were pressed into service as troop transports.

  1. impressment into service, esp. naval or military service.
  • back formation from prest, past participle of obsolete prest to take (men) for military service, verb, verbal use of prest2 in sense "enlistment money'' 1535–45

Press  (pres),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a male given name.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
press /prɛs/ vb
  1. to apply or exert weight, force, or steady pressure on: he pressed the button on the camera
  2. (transitive) to squeeze or compress so as to alter in shape or form
  3. to apply heat or pressure to (clothing) so as to smooth out or mark with creases; iron
  4. to make (objects) from soft material by pressing with a mould, form, etc, esp to make gramophone records from plastic
  5. (transitive) to hold tightly or clasp, as in an embrace
  6. (transitive) to extract or force out (juice) by pressure (from)
  7. (transitive) to force, constrain, or compel
  8. to importune or entreat (a person) insistently; urge: they pressed for an answer
  9. to harass or cause harassment
  10. (transitive) to plead or put forward strongly or importunately: to press a claim
  11. (intransitive) to be urgent
  12. (tr; usually passive) to have little of: we're hard pressed for time
  13. when intr, often followed by on or forward: to hasten or advance or cause to hasten or advance in a forceful manner
  14. (intransitive) to crowd; throng; push
  15. (transitive) archaic to trouble or oppress
  1. any machine that exerts pressure to form, shape, or cut materials or to extract liquids, compress solids, or hold components together while an adhesive joint is formed
  2. See printing press
  3. the art or process of printing
  4. to press, to the pressto be printed: when is this book going to press?
  5. the pressnews media and agencies collectively, esp newspapers
  6. (as modifier): a press matter, press relations
  7. the opinions and reviews in the newspapers, etc: the play received a poor press
  8. the act of pressing or state of being pressed
  9. the act of crowding, thronging, or pushing together
  10. a closely packed throng of people; crowd; multitude
  11. a cupboard, esp a large one used for storing clothes or linen
  12. a wood or metal clamp or vice to prevent tennis rackets, etc, from warping when not in use
  13. a lift in which the weight is raised to shoulder level and then above the head
Etymology: 14th Century pressen, from Old French presser, from Latin pressāre, from premere to press
press /prɛs/ vb (transitive)
  1. to recruit (men) by forcible measures for military service
  2. to use for a purpose other than intended, (esp in the phrase press into service)
  1. recruitment into military service by forcible measures, as by a press gang
Etymology: 16th Century: back formation from prest to recruit soldiers; see prest²; also influenced by press1
'pressing' also found in these entries:
Collocations: the [latest, most recent] pressing, the pressing of the [band's, group's] [CD, record], the pressing was a total [success, flop], more...

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