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

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 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 The analysis calls plastic pollution one of the most pressing environmental issues of the 21st century. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Slow Improvement - Test of Emergency Sirens at 1:45pm and 6:45pm Today," 14 Apr. 2021 In addition to broadcasting music, Izsrael has plans for the platform to host podcasts, market Black businesses and report news that follows day-to-day happenings in the Black community and the most pressing issues the community faces. Andre Toran, The Courier-Journal, "How this positive Black radio station plans to promote sociopolitical change in Louisville," 14 Apr. 2021 The concerns of Inuit artists must be heard in concert with issues of culture, language survival, climate change, food security, geo-political awareness, and other pressing issues. Bernadette Driscoll Engelstad, Smithsonian Magazine, "Groundbreaking New Center Unveils World’s Largest Collection of Inuit Art," 13 Apr. 2021 The Pacers do have more pressing issues that are under their control. J. Michael, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Pacers want to know why they keep coming up on wrong end of flagrant foul calls," 18 Mar. 2021 Beyond that, one of the most pressing issues is that of our homeless crisis. Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage mayor candidate Q&A: Dave Bronson," 13 Mar. 2021 In pockets across the globe, humans are pioneering and implementing real-life solutions — answers to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Corina Murafa, Forbes, "This Is What We Did – When Climate Action Is Our Legacy," 25 Feb. 2021 Taking such steps only becomes more pressing as other parts of the country are struggling to contain what some experts worry could be a fourth wave of COVID-19, especially in Michigan, the New York area and New England. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, "How much longer can California buck spring COVID-19 surge? There are concerns," 6 Apr. 2021 Too little is an insult to the human lives shattered by it and a dodging of the responsibility to shine light on our most pressing problems. Heidi Stevens,, "Column: Why aren’t Chicago’s mass shootings included in the outcry over recent violence in Atlanta, Colorado and California?," 5 Apr. 2021

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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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21 Apr 2021

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“Pressing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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