press·​ing ˈpre-siŋ How to pronounce pressing (audio)
: urgently important : critical
a pressing issue
pressingly 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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Word History

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pressing was in 1591

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“Pressing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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press·​ing ˈpres-iŋ How to pronounce pressing (audio)
: needing one's immediate attention
a pressing issue
pressingly adverb

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