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press

noun \ ˈpres \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of press

1 a :a crowd or crowded condition :throng
b :a thronging or crowding forward or together
2 a :an apparatus or machine by which a substance is cut or shaped, an impression of a body is taken, a material is compressed, pressure is applied to a body, liquid is expressed, or a cutting tool is fed into the work by pressure
b :a building containing presses or a business using presses
4 a :an action of pressing or pushing :pressure
b :an aggressive pressuring defense employed in basketball often over the entire court area
5 :the properly smoothed and creased condition of a freshly pressed garment
  • out of press
b :the act or the process of printing
c :a printing or publishing establishment
7 a :the gathering and publishing or broadcasting of news :journalism
b :newspapers, periodicals, and often radio and television news broadcasting
c :news reporters, publishers, and broadcasters
d :comment or notice in newspapers and periodicals
  • is getting a good press
8 :any of various pressure devices (such as one for keeping sporting gear from warping when not in use)
9 :a lift in weight lifting in which the weight is raised to shoulder height and then smoothly extended overhead without assist from the legs — compare clean and jerk, snatch

Origin and Etymology of press

Middle English presse, from Anglo-French, from presser to press


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press

verb

Definition of press

transitive verb
1 :to act upon through steady pushing or thrusting force exerted in contact :squeeze
3 a :to squeeze out the juice or contents of
b :to squeeze with apparatus or instruments to a desired density, smoothness, or shape
  • press [=iron] a shirt
  • … the drained curds are generally pressed together into solid blocks of cheese.
  • —Caroline Campion
4 a :to exert influence on :constrain
b :to try hard to persuade :beseech, entreat
5 :to move by means of pressure
6 a :to lay stress or emphasis on
b :to insist on or request urgently
7 :to follow through (a course of action)
8 :to clasp in affection or courtesy
9 :to make (a phonograph record) from a matrix (see matrix 2d); also :to make (another kind of disk, such as a CD) by a similar process
intransitive verb
1 :to crowd closely :mass
2 :to force or push one's way
3 :to seek urgently :contend
4 :to require haste or speed in action
5 :to exert pressure
6 :to take or hold a press
7 :to employ a press in basketball
press the flesh
:to greet and shake hands with people especially while campaigning for political office

Origin and Etymology of press

Middle English, from Anglo-French presser, from Latin pressare, frequentative of premere to press; probably akin to Russian naperet' to press


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press

verb

Definition of press

transitive verb
1 :to force into service especially in an army or navy :impress
2 a :to take by authority especially for public use :commandeer
b :to take and force into any usually emergency service
intransitive verb
:to impress men as soldiers or sailors

Origin and Etymology of press

alteration of obsolete prest to enlist by giving pay in advance


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press

noun

Definition of press

1 :impressment into service especially in a navy
2 obsolete :a warrant for impressing recruits

First Known Use of press

1599


PRESS Defined for Kids

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press

verb \ ˈpres \

Definition of press for Students

pressed; pressing
1 :to push steadily against
  • Press the button.
2 :to ask or urge strongly
  • I did not press her to explain.
  • —Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved
3 :to move forward forcefully
  • A crowd pressed toward the gate.
4 :to squeeze so as to force out the juice or contents
  • press apples
5 :to flatten out or smooth by bearing down upon especially by ironing
  • press clothes

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press

noun

Definition of press for Students

1 :2crowd 1, throng
  • He got caught in the press of holiday shoppers.
2 :a machine that uses pressure to shape, flatten, squeeze, or stamp
3 :the act of pressing :pressure
  • the press of a button
4 :a printing or publishing business
5 :the newspapers and magazines of a country
6 :news reporters and broadcasters
8 :closet


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