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Verb: press  pres
  1. Exert pressure or force to or upon
    "He pressed down on the boards"; "press your thumb on this spot"
  2. Force or impel in an indicated direction
    "I pressed him to finish his studies";
    - urge, urge on, exhort
  3. To be oppressive or burdensome
    "Something pressed on his mind";
    - weigh
  4. Place between two surfaces and apply weight or pressure
    "pressed flowers"
  5. Bring together or compress
    "she pressed her lips";
    - compress, constrict, squeeze, compact, contract
  6. Crowd closely
    "The crowds pressed along the street"
  7. Create by pressing
    "Press little holes into the soft clay"
  8. Be urgent
    "This is a pressing problem"
  9. Exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; be an advocate for
    "She is pressing for women's rights";
    - crusade, fight, campaign, push, agitate
  10. Make from plastic by moulding or to a shape or pattern
    "press a record";
    - press out
  11. Make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby
    "'Now press hard,' said the doctor to the woman";
    - push
  12. Apply pressure and smooth with a heated iron
    "press your shirts";
    - iron, iron out
  13. Lift weights
    "This guy can press 300 pounds";
    - weight-lift, weightlift
  14. Ask for or request earnestly
    - bid, beseech, entreat, adjure, conjure
Noun: press  pres
  1. The print media responsible for gathering and publishing news in the form of newspapers or magazines
    - public press
  2. A machine used for printing
    - printing press
  3. A tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes
    - wardrobe, closet
  4. Clamp to prevent wooden rackets from warping when not in use
  5. Any machine that exerts pressure to form or shape or cut materials or extract liquids or compress solids
    - mechanical press
  6. A weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then smoothly lifted overhead
    - military press
  7. The act of pressing; the exertion of pressure
    "he gave the button a press";
    - pressure, pressing
  8. A dense crowd of people
    - crush, jam
  9. The state of demanding notice or attention
    "the press of business matters";
    - imperativeness, insistence, insistency, pressure

Derived forms: presses, pressing, pressed

Type of: advertise, advertize [US, non-standard], advise, article of furniture, be, cast, clamp, clinch, counsel, count, create, crowd, exercise, flack [N. Amer, informal], flatten, flatten out, force, furniture, machine, make, mass, matter, mold [N. Amer], mould [Brit, Cdn], pancake, piece of furniture, plead, print media, promote, push, pushing, rede [archaic], tighten, touch, urgency, weigh, weightlift, weightlifting, work out

Encyclopedia: Press, Joseph