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  Definition of Press
  1. the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure; "he gave the button a press"; "he used pressure to stop the bleeding"; "at the pressing of a button"
  2. a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then smoothly lifted overhead
  3. any machine that exerts pressure to form or shape or cut materials or extract liquids or compress solids
  4. a machine used for printing
  5. clamp to prevent wooden rackets from warping when not in use
  6. a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes
  7. the gathering and publishing of news in the form of newspapers or magazines
  8. a dense crowd of people
  9. newspaper writers and photographers
  10. the state of urgently demanding notice or attention; "the press of business matters"
  11. ask for or request earnestly; "The prophet bid all people to become good persons"
  12. force or impel in an indicated direction; "I urged him to finish his studies"
  13. lift weights; "This guy can press 300 pounds"
  14. squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle"
  15. place between two surfaces and apply weight or pressure; "pressed flowers"
  16. exert pressure or force to or upon; "He pressed down on the boards"; "press your thumb on this spot"
  17. make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby; "`Now push hard,'' said the doctor to the woman"
  18. press from a plastic; "press a record"
  19. create by pressing; "Press little holes into the soft clay"
  20. crowd closely; "The crowds pressed along the street"
  21. 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; "The liberal party pushed for reforms"; "She is crusading for women''s rights"; "The Dean is pushing for his fa
  22. to be oppressive or burdensome; "weigh heavily on the mind", "Something pressed on his mind"
  23. be urgent; "This is a pressing problem"
Similar Words: pressure, pressing, military press, mechanical press, printing press, wardrobe, closet, public press, crush, jam, fourth estate, imperativeness, insistence, insistency, bid, beseech, entreat, adjure, conjure, urge, urge on, exhort, weight-lift, weightlift, compress, constrict, squeeze, compact, contract, push, press out, crusade, fight, campaign, agitate, weigh


Hyponyms: impression, compression, compressing, decompression, decompressing, cheese press, ciderpress, garlic press, hydraulic press, punch press, winepress, flatbed press, cylinder press, rotary press, standing press, armoire, clothes closet, clothespress, coat closet, free press, newspaper, paper, magazine, mag, traffic jam, snarl-up, gutter press, press corps, rush, hurry, push, bear on, preach, advocate, choke, strangle, prim, astringe, strangulate, convulse, bear down, overbear, gag, fret, scrag, iron, iron out, calender, squeeze, squash, crush, squelch, mash, crunch, cranch, craunch, grind, drag down, bear down on, press down on, weigh down, knuckle


Grouped Verbs: advertise, advertize, promote, push


Derivational Morphology: compress, constrict, squeeze, compact, contract, push, weight-lift, weightlift, press out, jam, jampack, ram, chock up, cram, wad, blackmail, blackjack, pressure, coerce, hale, force, adjuration, command, bid, bidding, dictation, exhortation, incitement, goad, goading, prod, prodding, urging, spur, spurring, military press, weightlifter, lifter, weightlifting, pressing, contraction, muscular contraction, muscle contraction, contracture, contractile organ, contractor, constriction, constrictor, compression, condensation, compressing, compressor, pressure level, force per unit area, thrust, pushing, mechanical press, crush, energy, get-up-and-go, campaign, cause, crusade, drive, movement, effort, champion, fighter, hero, paladin, reformer, reformist, crusader, meliorist, imperativeness, insistence, insistency


Anagrams: spree, Speer


Language Translations:
Chinese:   Dutch: drukken  
Finnish: painaa   French: presser  
Galician: prensar   German: drücken  
Hungarian: nyom   Italian: premere  
Japanese: 押す   Korean: 누르다  
Portuguese: prensar   Russian: нажимать  
Spanish: prensar   Swedish: trycka  
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