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 pressing (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 And, perhaps most pressing, is Carmel actually Masha's fake-blue-eyed tormentor, or was that another hallucination? Ew Staff,, 22 Sep. 2021 For Gronvell, the more pressing matter is making sure the youngest Americans begin building immunity should the coronavirus become an endemic childhood disease that's impossible to avoid. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, 17 Sep. 2021 Yes, the pressing priority is building an amazing community. Stephan Rabimov, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 Other prices might be cooling by next spring, when the debate over what the Fed should do about rates becomes more pressing. Justin Lahart, WSJ, 14 Sep. 2021 At a hospital just west of the border, the most pressing worry is money. Ishtiaq Mahsud And Rob Picheta, CNN, 11 Sep. 2021 That announcement caused Cunningham to hop off of the roller coaster and point his attention toward another pressing matter: Getting Cincinnati into a Power Five conference. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, 11 Sep. 2021 His view of the power of analysis extends to the most pressing of current events, too—to the analysis of power. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 10 Sep. 2021 Among the most pressing: How long will businesses have to comply with the mandate, and how will OSHA enforce it? Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2021

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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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24 Sep 2021

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“Pressing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pressing

: very important and needing immediate attention : urgent


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

Kids Definition of pressing

: needing immediate attention We have pressing business.

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