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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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 Breed, a San Francisco native, has pledged to address the city’s most pressing problems, including homeless tent camps, open drug use and unbearably high housing prices. Janie Har, USA TODAY, "London Breed to be sworn in as San Francisco's first black female mayor," 11 July 2018 Seems like everybody is talking publicly about it except metro Detroit business leaders, many of whom will gather on Michigan’s Mackinac Island this week to discuss the region’s most pressing problems. Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press, "If Detroit's leaders don't want to talk race, then talk schools," 29 May 2018 On a new website launched in the state, anyone now can look up the some of the most pressing health problems down to the ZIP code. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Missouri health report: In the 114 counties, this problem tops the list. | The Kansas City Star," 13 Apr. 2018 Bacow will be uniquely positioned to do so as the leader of one of the nation’s richest and most influential universities, with a bullhorn to address the pressing challenges facing all of higher education. Laura Krantz, BostonGlobe.com, "Lawrence Bacow promises a more outward-looking Harvard," 1 July 2018 His departure will take a huge load off the wage bill in South Wales, which is the most pressing matter at the moment. SI.com, "No Swanning Around: Why Playing Hardball Could Come Back to Haunt Swansea This Summer," 23 June 2018 Further action would only be a waste of public resources and divert the general public's attention away from more pressing matters in our region. Mark Naymik, cleveland.com, "Read Cleveland Amazon document released by planning agency: Mark Naymik," 11 May 2018

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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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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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