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press

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of press

  1. 1 a built-in space for storage behind a door <put the towels in the linen press> Synonyms cuddy, cupboard, pantry, closetRelated Words ambry [chiefly British dialect], buttery [chiefly dialect], larder, spence [chiefly British dialect]; cloakroom, coatroom, garderobe, vestiary, wardrobe

  2. 2 a great number of persons or creatures massed together <he pushed his way through the press of people outside the courthouse> Synonyms army, bike [chiefly Scottish], cram, crush, drove, flock, herd, horde, host, legion, mass, mob, multitude, crowd, rout, scrum, swarm, throngRelated Words masses, millions, rabble, rabblement, riffraff; gaggle; heap, mountain, pile; jam, logjam

  3. 3 a storage case typically having doors and shelves <originally designed as a press for clothes, it now serves to hide the bedroom TV> Synonyms buffet, closet, console, cupboard, hutch, locker, cabinet, sideboardRelated Words bookcase, breakfront, chest, china closet, credence, credenza, étagère (or etagere), secretary, showcase, taboret (or tabouret), vitrine; cuddy, dresser, pie safe; armoire, clothespress, garderobe, wardrobe; cabinetry, shelving




press

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of press

  1. to take or make use of under a guise of authority but without actual right <the fleeing bank robber pressed a nearby taxi into service as a getaway car> Synonyms arrogate, commandeer, convert, expropriate, pirate, preempt, press, seize, take over, usurpRelated Words annex, attach, claim, confiscate, impound, repossess, sequester; assume, collar, grab, grasp, snatch, steal, wrench, wrest; despoil, loot, pillage; encroach, infringe, invade, occupy, preoccupy, trespass; embezzle, misapply, misappropriate, misuse, peculate




press

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of press

  1. 1 to push steadily against with some force <an old doorbell that requires you to press the button hard> Synonyms bear (down on), depress, shove, weigh (on or upon) Related Words compress, mash, punch, squash, squeeze, squish, squoosh; compel, force, pressure; lean (on or against), muscle; drive, propel, thrust; compact, condense, constrict, contract, crush, scrunch, wring; cram, jam, jam-pack, pack, stuff, wedge

  2. 2 to apply external pressure on so as to force out the juice or contents of <my family will only drink juice from freshly pressed oranges> Synonyms crush, express, mash, squeeze Related Words ream; pulp, puree (or purée); extract, extrude

  3. 3 to gather into a closely packed group <everyone pressed around me to see the pictures> Synonyms bunch, cluster, crowd, huddle, pile Related Words assemble, collect, concenter, concentrate, conglomerate, congregate, convene, converge, flock, forgather (or foregather), herd, swarm, throng; encircle, mob, surround; embrace, hug Near Antonyms break up, disband, disperse, split (up)

  4. 4 to force one's way <we continued to press deeper and deeper into the tangled rain forest> Synonyms bore, bull, bulldoze, crash, elbow, jam, jostle, muscle, push, shoulder, squeeze Related Words ram, shove, thrust

  5. 5 to cause (a person) to give in to pressure <a manager pressed by a business crisis to return from his vacation ahead of schedule> Synonyms blackjack, coerce, compel, constrain, dragoon, drive, impel, impress, make, muscle, obligate, oblige, press, pressure, sandbagRelated Words browbeat, bulldoze, bully, cow, hector, intimidate; blackmail, high-pressure, menace, shame, terrorize, threaten; drag; badger, harass, houndNear Antonyms allow, let, permit; argue, convince, induce, move, persuade, prevail (on or upon), satisfy, talk (into), win (over)

  6. 6 to try to persuade (someone) through earnest appeals to follow a course of action <pressed us to go with them to the school board meeting> Synonyms egg (on), encourage, exhort, goad, nudge, press, prod, promptRelated Words drive, propel, spur, stimulate; hurry, hustle, push, rush; adjure, beseech, implore, importune; blandish, cajole, coax, soft-soap, wheedle; high-pressure, nag, needle, pressure; foment, incite, instigate, provoke, stir (up)Near Antonyms deter, discourage, dissuade; brake, check, constrain, curb, hold back, inhibit, restrain

  7. 7 to indicate the importance of by centering attention on <an office e-mail that presses the need for greater vigilance concerning building security> Synonyms accent, accentuate, feature, foreground, highlight, illuminate, play up, point (up), press, punctuate, stressRelated Words focus, identify, pinpoint, spotlight; advertise, boost, plug, promote, publicize; overplayNear Antonyms tone (down), underemphasize, understate; belittle, discount, disparage, minimizeAntonyms de-emphasize, play down





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