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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The most pressing question, however, had to do with the unnamed countries to which these men and women would be sent. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "Essential reporting, interpretation, and opinion on politics and culture. Don't miss our latest.," 26 June 2018 The Chinese, in particular, have a very pressing reason to be concerned about space debris. Grace Donnelly, Fortune, "What Goes Into Orbit Could Be Zapped With Lasers Before It Comes Down, Say Chinese Scientists," 17 Jan. 2018 That doesn't address a more pressing question for travelers like Garcia who already have plane tickets and vacation booked: What is Plan B? Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Hikers headed to flood-closed Havasupai Falls scramble to make other plans," 13 July 2018 Pompeo and his counterpart, Kim Yong Chol, revealed little about the content of their negotiations, leaving the focus on pleasantries and small talk as the two men grappled with the most pressing security issue facing the Asia Pacific. John Hudson, Washington Post, "North Korean negotiator teases and flatters as Pompeo enters second day of talks," 7 July 2018 Perhaps a more pressing question: With China narrowing its doors, where is all this stuff going to go? Author: David Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Cities scramble to rewrite rules on recycling after China restricts ‘foreign garbage’," 3 July 2018 China’s rapidly aging population is one of the most pressing issues facing the ruling Communist Party. Sui-lee Wee, New York Times, "In a Chinese Village, Elderly Farmers Are Now Yogis," 24 June 2018 The more pressing questions involve decisions regarding the 25-man roster, some as soon as this week. Kevin Acee,, "Analysis: Padres are slightly better, still building," 18 June 2018 Other things were more pressing or more catchy,'' Malone said. Maxine Bernstein,, "Citizen panel wants different standard of review on police misconduct cases," 9 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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English Language Learners Definition of pressing

: very important and needing immediate attention


press·ing | \ˈpre-siŋ \

Kids Definition of pressing

: needing immediate attention We have pressing business.

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