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 pressingly (audio) \ 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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Prince Harry has long been an advocate for mental health awareness amongst young people, and during today's visit to a west London YMCA, the royal got candid about some of the most pressing issues affecting children and teenagers today. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Talks Babies, Fortnite, and the Dark Side of Social Media," 3 Apr. 2019 Thompson serves up the real tea for all of your most pressing questions and more. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rickey Thompson Spills the Tea on the Royal Baby," 25 Apr. 2019 The more pressing question is whether the most talented player in their squad... Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "English Soccer’s Highest-Paid Mystery," 7 Mar. 2019 With the most wonderful time of the year upon us, there's not much that can distract young minds from the season's most pressing kid-problem: holiday wishlists. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Two Kids Explore the Vanderbilt Estate in This New Maisonette Video," 26 Nov. 2018 Democratic lawmakers think the whole thing is a big waste of time and distracts from more pressing issues. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Republican lawmakers still think Google is biased against conservatives. Google still claims that it’s not.," 11 Dec. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce pressing (audio) \

Kids Definition of pressing

: needing immediate attention We have pressing business.

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