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

Definition of pressing

1 : urgently important : critical a pressing issue

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Other Words from pressing

pressingly \ ˈpre-​siŋ-​lē How to pronounce pressingly (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 Childcare is one of the most pressing economic and social problems facing Americans today. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "It took four female moderators to get US presidential candidates to debate childcare," 21 Nov. 2019 Our recovering ecosystem is unveiling solutions to some of the most pressing problems on the planet – like soil restoration, carbon sequestration, flood mitigation, and air and water purification. Isabella Tree, Time, "How to Return a Farm to the Wild—And Maybe Save the Planet," 3 Oct. 2019 And this property may solve some of science's most pressing problems. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "We Can Learn a Lot from the Twisted Molecules in Seashells," 30 Sep. 2019 Ukraine’s relationship with Russia, which seized part of its territory in 2014 and has continued to back a wider separatist uprising, is the pivot around which many of Europe’s most pressing security problems revolve. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "In Ukraine, a Rival to Putin Rises," 4 Aug. 2019 Yes, Chelsea fans may be caught up in Frank Lampard hysteria right now, but the likely return of the club's greatest goalscorer won't instantly solve all of their very pressing problems., "6 Positions Chelsea Must Strengthen (From Within) to Compete Next Season," 26 June 2019 The medical team needs to find the most pressing problem... Matthew Rothenberg, Ars Technica, "The trick to saving human factory jobs might be teaming up with the machines," 20 June 2019 The center’s contract situation is the most pressing issue facing the Pistons. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond: 'No player should feel like they’re not a max player'," 8 Oct. 2019 The United States cannot officially pull out of the accord until November 2020, fueling climate change as one of the most pressing issues of the election cycle. Andrew Hirschfeld, Fortune, "Could a New ‘Bretton Woods’ Conference’ Prompt Global Climate Change Policy?," 2 Oct. 2019

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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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27 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Pressing.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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How to pronounce pressing (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pressing

: very important and needing immediate attention


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

Kids Definition of pressing

: needing immediate attention We have pressing business.

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very cautious or careful

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