- Press is a machine that uses pressure to print or squeeze, or a person or business involved with news or media.
- An example of a press is a printing press.
- An example of the press is The Washington Post.
- To press is defined as to push or apply steady force or squeeze.
- An example of to press is pushing a button on a blender to make it start.
- An example of to press is ironing wrinkles out of a shirt.
- An example of to press is to squeeze the juice out of grapes to make wine.
- to act on with steady force or weight; push steadily against; squeeze
- to depress or touch (a button, key, etc.) as in using an elevator, keyboard, etc.
- to extract juice, etc. from by squeezing
- to squeeze (juice, etc.) out
- to squeeze for the purpose of making smooth, compact, etc.; compress
- to iron (clothes, etc.), esp. with a heavy iron or steam machine
- to embrace closely
- to force; compel; constrain
- to urge or request earnestly or persistently; entreat; importune
- to impose by persistent entreaty; try to force: to press a gift on a friend
- to lay stress on; be insistent about; emphasize
- to distress or trouble; harass
- to urge on; drive quickly
- to shape (a phonograph record, metal or plastic products, etc.) by use of a form or matrix
- Archaic to crowd; throng
- Obsolete oppress
Origin of pressMiddle English pressen ; from Middle French presser ; from Classical Latin pressare, frequentative of premere, to press ; from Indo-European base an unverified form per-, to strike from source Old Church Slavonic p'rati, to strike
- to exert pressure; specif.,
- to weigh down; bear heavily
- to go forward with energetic or determined effort
- to force one's way
- to crowd; throng
- to be urgent or insistent
- to try too hard: he strikes out often because he is pressing
- to react to being pressed, or ironed: this fabric presses well
- to iron clothes, etc.
- a pressing or being pressed; pressure, urgency, etc.
- a crowd; throng
- an instrument or machine by which something is crushed, squeezed, stamped, smoothed, etc. by pressure
- a viselike device in which a tennis racket, etc. can be stored to keep it from warping
- the condition of clothes as to smoothness, creases, etc. after pressing
- printing press
- a printing or publishing establishment
- the art, business, or practice of printing
- newspapers, magazines, news services, etc. in general, or the persons who write for them; journalism or journalists
- publicity, criticism, etc. in newspapers, magazines, etc.: to receive a bad press
- an upright closet in which clothes or other articles are kept
- ☆ Basketball a defensive tactic in which offensive players are guarded very closely, usually over the full court
- Weight Lifting a lift in which the barbell or weight is pushed away from the body using the arms or legs
go to press
- to force into military or naval service; impress
- to force or urge into any kind of service
- to use in a way different from the ordinary, esp. in an emergency
Origin of pressaltered (infl. by press) ; from obs prest, to enlist for military service by advance pay ; from Old French prester ; from Classical Latin praestare, to vouch for, warrant ; from praes, surety (; from prae-, pre- + vas, bail, surety: for Indo-European base see wed) + stare, to stand
- an impressment, or forcing into service, esp. naval or military service
- Obsolete an order for impressing recruits
verbpressed, press·ing, press·es
- a. To exert steady weight or force against: an indentation where the rock pressed the ground.b. To move by applying pressure: press a piano key; press one's face into a pillow.c. To squeeze or clasp in fondness or concern: pressed her hand before leaving.
- a. To squeeze the juice or other contents from: press lemons.b. To extract (juice, for example) by squeezing or compressing.
- a. To reshape or make compact by applying steady force; compress: pressed the clay in a mold.b. To iron (clothing, for example).c. To make (a sound recording), originally by pressing (a vinyl phonograph record) under pressure in a mold.
- a. To bear down on or attack: The army pressed the rebels for months.b. To carry on or advance vigorously (an attack, for instance).c. To place in trying or distressing circumstances: Are you pressed for money?
- a. To insist upon or put forward insistently: press a claim; press an argument.b. To try to influence or persuade, as by insistent arguments; pressure or entreat: He pressed her for a reply.c. To insist that someone accept (something). Often used with on or upon: was given to pressing peculiar gifts upon his nieces.
- Sports To lift (a weight) to a position above the head without moving the legs.
- To exert force or pressure: felt the backpack pressing on her shoulders.
- To be worrisome or depressing; weigh heavily: Guilt pressed upon his conscience.
- a. To advance eagerly; move forward urgently: We pressed through the crowd to get to the bus.b. To assemble closely and in large numbers; crowd: Fans pressed around the movie star.
- To continue a course of action, especially in spite of difficulties: decided to press ahead with the performance even with a sore throat.
- To require haste or urgent action: matters that have not stopped pressing.
- To employ urgent persuasion or entreaty: The supervisor has been pressing to get us to finish the project sooner.
- To iron clothes or other material.
- Sports To raise or lift a weight in a press.
- Basketball To employ a press.
- Sports In golf, to try to hit long or risky shots, typically with unsuccessful results.
- Any of various machines or devices that apply pressure: a cider press.
- A printing press.
- a. A place or establishment where matter is printed: sent the book's files to the press.b. A publishing company: Which press has acquired that manuscript?
- a. The communications media considered as a whole, especially the agencies that collect, publish, transmit, or broadcast news and other information to the public: freedom of the press; got a job writing for the press.b. News or other information disseminated to the public in printed, broadcast, or electronic form: kept the scandal out of the press.c. The people involved in the media, as news reporters and broadcasters: took questions from the press after her speech.d. The kind or extent of coverage a person or event receives in the media: “Like the pool hall and the tattoo parlor, the motorcycle usually gets a bad press” (R.Z. Sheppard).
- a. A large gathering; a crowd: lost our friend in the press of people.b. The act of gathering in large numbers or of pushing forward: The press of the crowd broke the gates.
- An act of pressing down or applying pressure: with the press of a button.
- The haste or urgency of business or matters: the press of the day's events.
- The set of proper creases in a garment or fabric, formed by ironing.
- Chiefly Scots and Irish An upright closet or case used for storing clothing, books, or other articles.
- Sports A lift in weightlifting in which the weight is raised to shoulder level and then steadily pushed straight overhead without movement of the legs.
- Basketball An aggressive defense tactic in which players guard opponents closely, often over the entire court.
Origin of pressMiddle English pressen, from Old French presser, from Latin pressāre, frequentative of premere, to press; see per-4 in Indo-European roots.
transitive verbpressed, press·ing, press·es
- To force into service in the army or navy; impress.
- a. To take arbitrarily or by force, especially for public use.b. To use in a manner different from the usual or intended, especially in an emergency.
- Conscription or impressment into service, especially into the army or navy.
- Obsolete An official warrant for impressing men into military service.
Origin of pressAlteration of obsolete prest, to hire for military service by advance payment, from Middle English, enlistment money, loan, from Old French, from prester, to lend, from Medieval Latin praestāre, from Latin, to furnish, from praestō, present, at hand; see ghes- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural presses)
- (countable) A device used to apply pressure to an item.
- a flower press
- (countable) A printing machine.
- Stop the presses!
- (uncountable) A collective term for the print-based media (both the people and the newspapers).
- This article appeared in the press.
- according to a member of the press
- (countable) A publisher.
- (countable) (especially in Ireland and Scotland) An enclosed storage space (e.g. closet, cupboard).
- Put the cups in the press.
- Put the ironing in the linen press.
- (countable, weightlifting) An exercise in which weight is forced away from the body by extension of the arms or legs.
- (countable, wagering) An additional bet in a golf match that duplicates an existing (usually losing) wager in value, but begins even at the time of the bet.
- He can even the match with a press.
- (countable) Pure, unfermented grape juice.
- I would like some Concord press with my meal tonight.
- A commission to force men into public service, particularly into the navy.
Middle English presse (“throng, crowd, clothespress”), partially from Old English press (“clothespress”), from Medieval Latin pressa, and partially from Old French presse (Modern French presse) from Old French presser (“to press”), from Latin pressāre from pressus, past participle of premere "to press". Displaced native Middle English thring (“press, crowd, throng”) (from Old English þring (“a press, crowd, anything that presses or confines”)).
(third-person singular simple present presses, present participle pressing, simple past and past participle pressed or prest )
- (intransitive) to exert weight or force against, to act upon with with force or weight
- to compress, squeeze
- to press fruit for the purpose of extracting the juice
- to clasp, hold in an embrace; to hug
- She took her son, and press'd
- The illustrious infant to her fragrant breast (Dryden, Illiad, VI. 178.)
- to reduce to a particular shape or form by pressure, especially flatten or smooth
- to press cloth with an iron
- to press a hat
- (sewing) To flatten a selected area of fabric using an iron with an up-and-down, not sliding, motion, so as to avoid disturbing adjacent areas.
- to drive or thrust by pressure, to force in a certain direction
- to press a crowd back
- to force to a certain end or result; to urge strongly, impel
- To try to force (something upon someone); to urge or inculcate.
- to press the Bible on an audience
- to hasten, urge onward
- to press a horse in a race
- to urge, beseech, entreat
- God heard their prayers, wherein they earnestly pressed him for the honor of his great name. (Winthrop, Hist. New England, II. 35)
- to lay stress upon, emphasize
- If we read but a very little, we naturally want to press it all; if we read a great deal, we are willing not to press the whole of what we read, and we learn what ought to be pressed and what not. (M. Arnold, Literature and Dogma, Pref.)
- (intransitive) to throng, crowd
- To force into service, particularly into naval service.
Middle English pressen (“to crowd, thring, press”), from Old French presser (“to press”) (Modern French presser) from Latin pressāre from pressus, past participle of premere "to press". Displaced native Middle English thringen (“to press, crowd, throng”) (from Old English þringan (“to press, crowd”)), Middle English thrasten (“to press, force, urge”) (from Old English þrǣstan (“to press, force”)), Old English þryscan (“to press”), Old English þȳwan (“to press, impress”).