noun \ˈpres\

Definition of press

  1. 1a :  a crowd or crowded condition :  throngb :  a thronging or crowding forward or together

  2. 2a :  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 pressureb :  a building containing presses or a business using presses

  3. 3 :  closet, cupboard

  4. 4a :  an action of pressing or pushing :  pressureb :  an aggressive pressuring defense employed in basketball often over the entire court area

  5. 5 :  the properly smoothed and creased condition of a freshly pressed garment out of press

  6. 6a :  printing pressb :  the act or the process of printingc :  a printing or publishing establishment

  7. 7a :  the gathering and publishing or broadcasting of news :  journalismb :  newspapers, periodicals, and often radio and television news broadcastingc :  news reporters, publishers, and broadcastersd :  comment or notice in newspapers and periodicals is getting a good press

  8. 8 :  any of various pressure devices (as one for keeping sporting gear from warping when not in use)

  9. 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

First Known Use: 13th century




Definition of press

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to act upon through steady pushing or thrusting force exerted in contact :  squeeze

  3. 2a :  assail, harassb :  afflict, oppress

  4. 3a :  to squeeze out the juice or contents ofb :  to squeeze with apparatus or instruments to a desired density, smoothness, or shape

  5. 4a :  to exert influence on :  constrainb :  to try hard to persuade :  beseech, entreat

  6. 5 :  to move by means of pressure

  7. 6a :  to lay stress or emphasis onb :  to insist on or request urgently

  8. 7 :  to follow through (a course of action)

  9. 8 :  to clasp in affection or courtesy

  10. 9 :  to make (a phonograph record) from a matrix

  11. intransitive verb
  12. 1 :  to crowd closely :  mass

  13. 2 :  to force or push one's way

  14. 3 :  to seek urgently :  contend

  15. 4 :  to require haste or speed in action

  16. 5 :  to exert pressure

  17. 6 :  to take or hold a press

  18. 7 :  to employ a press in basketball

press the flesh

  1. :  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

First Known Use: 14th century




Definition of press

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to force into service especially in an army or navy :  impress

  3. 2a :  to take by authority especially for public use :  commandeerb :  to take and force into any usually emergency service

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to impress men as soldiers or sailors

Origin and Etymology of press

alteration of obsolete prest to enlist by giving pay in advance

First Known Use: 1578




Definition of press

  1. 1 :  impressment into service especially in a navy

  2. 2 obsolete :  a warrant for impressing recruits


First Known Use of press


PRESS Defined for Kids



verb \ˈpres\

Definition of press for Students




  1. 1 :  to push steadily against Press the button.

  2. 2 :  to ask or urge strongly I did not press her to explain. — Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved

  3. 3 :  to move forward forcefully A crowd pressed toward the gate.

  4. 4 :  to squeeze so as to force out the juice or contents press apples

  5. 5 :  to flatten out or smooth by bearing down upon especially by ironing press clothes




Definition of press for Students

  1. 1 :  2crowd 1, throng He got caught in the press of holiday shoppers.

  2. 2 :  a machine that uses pressure to shape, flatten, squeeze, or stamp

  3. 3 :  the act of pressing :  pressure the press of a button

  4. 4 :  a printing or publishing business

  5. 5 :  the newspapers and magazines of a country

  6. 6 :  news reporters and broadcasters

  7. 7 :  printing press

  8. 8 :  closet

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