press·​ing | \ ˈpre-siŋ How to pronounce pressing (audio) \

Definition of pressing

1 : urgently important : critical a pressing issue
2 : earnest, warm

Other Words from pressing

pressingly \ ˈpre-​siŋ-​lē How to pronounce pressing (audio) \ adverb

Examples of pressing in a Sentence

a pressing need for reform she had pressing business on the other side of town
Recent Examples on the Web Over four days, scientists, doctors and drugmakers pored over cutting-edge research and tackled some of the most pressing questions in the world of vaccines. NBC News, 2 May 2022 Between free agency and the draft, many teams have filled key holes while answering some of their most pressing offseason questions. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, 2 May 2022 Redistricting, Explained: Here are some answers to your most pressing questions about the process that is reshaping American politics. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 The Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032 asks scientists to help identify the most pressing questions about our solar system and to propose a research strategy to answer those questions. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 20 Apr. 2022 One of the most pressing questions that continues to create concerns and issues for market participants is the uncertainty and ambiguity pertaining to whether or not cryptoassets are securities. Sean Stein Smith, Forbes, 17 Apr. 2022 Among the most pressing questions is whether the next director should come from industry, academia, or government. Lev Facher, STAT, 25 Mar. 2022 Here's a look at some of the most pressing questions. Michael Liedtke, ajc, 4 Jan. 2022 The Chat With An Astronaut series takes place in an intimate, small-group setting, ensuring every guest has their most pressing questions answered. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 20 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of pressing

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pressing was in 1591

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15 May 2022

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“Pressing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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press·​ing | \ ˈpre-siŋ How to pronounce pressing (audio) \

Kids Definition of pressing

: needing immediate attention We have pressing business.

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