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Adjective: pressing  pre-sing
  1. Compelling immediate action
    "too pressing to permit of longer delay";
    - urgent
  2. Persistently insisting
    "He was pressing and persuasive"
Noun: pressing  pre-sing
  1. The act of pressing; the exertion of pressure
    "at the pressing of a button";
    - press, pressure
  2. A metal or plastic part that is made by a mechanical press
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

Derived forms: pressings

See also: imperative

Type of: advertise, advertize [US, non-standard], advise, be, cast, counsel, count, create, exercise, flack [N. Amer, informal], flatten, flatten out, force, make, mass, matter, mold [N. Amer], mould [Brit, Cdn], pancake, part, plead, portion, promote, push, pushing, rede [archaic], tighten, touch, weigh, work out

Encyclopedia: Pressing

Press, Joseph