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

Definition of pressing

1 : urgently important : critical a pressing issue

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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
Recent Examples on the Web With limited resources to buffer the cost of an extended locked down and a declining economy, African governments are faced with a pressing need to restore economic activities while at the same time reducing the spread of the virus. Uwagbale Edward-ekpu, Quartz Africa, "The pandemic’s spread across Africa is being tempered by a young population, for now," 9 July 2020 Food assistance is a pressing need, because people cannot get hot meals at community centers and many are afraid to go to grocery stores. Judith Graham, CNN, "Seniors in affordable housing vulnerable to coronavirus," 25 June 2020 The victim also declined pressing charges against the suspect. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Disabled motorist returns to scene, is cited for drug paraphernalia possession: Brunswick Police Blotter," 13 July 2020 With more pressing, though, their responses deepened. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The National Emergency at Your Doorstep," 11 July 2020 Hospital capacity -- a concern in many places when the pandemic first broke out -- is being raised as a pressing issue once again. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Expert warns the US is approaching 'one of the most unstable times in the history of our country'," 11 July 2020 Police brutality has become a pressing national issue ever since video footage circulated around the world of the deaths of George Floyd and other black people that involved law enforcement officials. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Ohio sheriff's deputy facing assault charge after kicking inmate in the head," 3 July 2020 But the study didn’t look at what experts said is a pressing question: Do people with different types of asthma have different levels of risk? Juliet Isselbacher, STAT, "Does asthma increase Covid-19 risk? Emerging research suggests a complicated connection," 2 July 2020 But the intelligence was reportedly included in the President's Daily Brief, a top-secret document compiled every day by the intelligence community that explains the most pressing issues around the world, earlier this year. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "Top military official says no evidence of US deaths tied to Russian bounty scheme," 8 July 2020

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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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6 Aug 2020

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“Pressing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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