1. [ verb ] exert pressure or force to or upon

"He pressed down on the boards" "press your thumb on this spot"

Related terms: touch squash squeeze crunch push drag_down knuckle
2. [ noun ] (sociology,news) newspaper writers and photographers
Synonyms: fourth_estate
Related terms: estate press_corps gutter_press
3. [ verb ] force or impel in an indicated direction
Synonyms: urge exhort urge_on

"I urged him to finish his studies"

Related terms: advise push preach rush goad exhortation
4. [ verb ] place between two surfaces and apply weight or pressure

"pressed flowers"

Related terms: flatten iron calender
5. [ verb ] squeeze or press together
Synonyms: contract compress constrict compact squeeze

"she compressed her lips" "the spasm contracted the muscle"

Related terms: tighten choke choke choke prim convulse astringe strangulate convulse bear_down contractile_organ compression contracture constriction compressor compression
6. [ verb ] to be oppressive or burdensome
Synonyms: weigh

"weigh heavily on the mind", "Something pressed on his mind"

Related terms: count
7. [ noun ] (printing) a machine used for printing
Synonyms: printing_press
Related terms: machine cylinder_press rotary_press standing_press bed
8. [ noun ] the state of urgently demanding notice or attention
Synonyms: pressure insistence insistency imperativeness

"the press of business matters"

Related terms: urgency blackmail
9. [ noun ] (writing,news) the gathering and publishing of news in the form of newspapers or magazines
Synonyms: public_press
Related terms: print_media newspaper magazine free_press
10. [ verb ] crowd closely

"The crowds pressed along the street"

Related terms: mass jam
11. [ verb ] make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby
Synonyms: push

"Now push hard," said the doctor to the woman"

Related terms: push demand push
12. [ verb ] create by pressing

: "Press little holes into the soft clay"

Related terms: make
13. [ verb ] press from a plastic, as of records
Synonyms: press_out
Related terms: cast
14. [ noun ] a dense crowd of people
Synonyms: crush jam
Related terms: crowd traffic_jam
15. [ verb ] be urgent

"This is a pressing problem"

Related terms: be imperativeness
16. [ noun ] clamp to prevent wooden rackets from warping when not in use
Related terms: clamp
17. [ noun ] a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then smoothly lifted overhead
Synonyms: military_press
Related terms: weightlifting weightlift
18. [ verb ] ask for or request earnestly
Synonyms: bid beseech adjure conjure entreat

"The prophet bid all people to become good persons"

Related terms: plead adjuration
19. [ noun ] (housing) a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes
Synonyms: wardrobe closet
Related terms: furniture armoire coat_closet clothes_closet
20. [ verb ] lift weights
Synonyms: weight-lift weightlift

"This guy can press 300 pounds"

Related terms: exercise
21. [ noun ] any machine that exerts pressure to form or shape or cut materials or extract liquids or compress solids
Synonyms: mechanical_press
Related terms: machine ciderpress hydraulic_press garlic_press punch_press winepress cheese_press
22. [ verb ] (politics) 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
Synonyms: fight campaign push agitate crusade

"The liberal party pushed for reforms" "She is crusading for women's rights"

Related terms: advertise advertize advertise campaign push reformer
23. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 11800
24. [ noun ] the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure
Synonyms: pressure pressing

"he gave the button a press" "he used pressure to stop the bleeding" "at the pressing of a button"

Related terms: push impression compression decompression compress push
Similar spelling:   prowess