pressing

adjective
press·​ing | \ ˈpre-siŋ \

Definition of pressing

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

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Other Words from pressing

pressingly \ ˈpre-​siŋ-​lē \ adverb

Examples of pressing in a Sentence

a pressing need for reform she had pressing business on the other side of town

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We’re customers, and Sandberg’s most pressing business has always been business itself. Casey Newton, The Verge, "22 predictions for social media in 2019," 15 Dec. 2018 One of fashion’s most pressing topics of discussion in 2018 was how to cut back on the industry’s excessive waste while still creating new products. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Jewelry Brand Is Cutting Back on Waste with Affordable, Handmade Earrings," 13 Dec. 2018 Privacy and internet freedom are some of the most pressing human rights, technology issues, and also like moral issues. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Nobody trusts Facebook anymore. Here’s one way it could change that.," 15 Oct. 2018 Azour said one of the most pressing issues facing Iran is aligning the official local currency exchange rate with black market rates. Aya Batrawy, The Seattle Times, "IMF: Mideast oil producers buoyed by higher prices, for now," 13 Nov. 2018 The district uses its sales tax dollars -- usually amounting to about $1.2 million a year -- for the most pressing projects each year. Alyssa Alfano, cleveland.com, "Medina City School District makes plans for summer construction," 11 Apr. 2018 One of the most pressing infrastructure projects in the country is the $23.9 billion Gateway plan, which would replace tunnels under the Hudson River between New Jersey and New York and increase track capacity at the city’s Penn Station. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "Trump's talk on infrastructure leaves big questions for Pennsylvania, N.J. projects," 31 Jan. 2018 But one of the most pressing questions the release of the report has raised: Why now? Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "New Catholic sex abuse allegations show how long justice can take in a 16-year scandal," 24 Aug. 2018 The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on Wednesday released a report on how to address the most pressing problems of American agriculture. Tamar Haspel, Vox, "The public doesn’t trust GMOs. Will it trust CRISPR?," 24 July 2018

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First Known Use of pressing

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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pressing

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of pressing

: very important and needing immediate attention

pressing

adjective
press·​ing | \ ˈpre-siŋ \

Kids Definition of pressing

: needing immediate attention We have pressing business.

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