1 subject to or exert pressure or force, force, push, impel, thrust, bear (on), weigh on or upon, jam, cram, crush; pressure or Brit also pressurize:
The crowd was pressing against the door. Although hard pressed at first, we eventually won.
2 squeeze, compress, depress, push:
When the picture is in focus, press this button to release the shutter
3 squeeze, crush, compress, mash:
After harvesting, the grapes are pressed to extract the juice.
4 iron, smooth, flatten, put through a mangle; steam:
I shall have to press my jacket before going out to dinner.
5 clasp, embrace, hug, hold (close or tight(ly)), take in one's arms, throw one's arms about or around, cleave to, Archaic clip:
She pressed the child to her with great affection.
6 constrain, urge, force, pressure, compel, demand, persuade, induce, prod, provoke, importune, beseech, ask, request, beg, entreat:
They pressed me to tell where the money was hidden.
7 crowd, flock, gather, mill, swarm, throng, seethe, cluster, congregate, meet, converge, huddle:
The reporters pressed round the chancellor to catch every word.
8 crowding, gathering, thronging, converging, convergence, crowd, throng, swarm, cluster, huddle, pack, herd, host, multitude, horde, mob, crush:
When the doors opened, the huge press of people pushed onto the train
9 urgency, haste, hurry, hustle, bustle, pressure, stress:
The press of business required me to postpone my trip to Paris.
10 the press.
(a) newspapers, the papers, Fleet Street, the fourth estate, the media, the wire or news services, broadcasting, television, radio:
The press will have a field-day when this news gets out.
(b) newspaper people, newspapermen or newspaperwomen, newsmen or newswomen, reporters, correspondents, ladies or gentlemen of the press, journalists, commentators, paparazzi, Brit leader-writers, US editorial writers, Colloq news-hounds, Brit journos:
The doors were opened and the press were invited in.
foreign, international, local, national, provincial | gutter, popular, quality, tabloid | financial, music | free
A free press is fundamental to democracy.
PRESS + NOUN
He issued a press statement insisting on his innocence.
| coverage, report
extensive press coverage of the event
He kept a scrapbook containing press cuttings of his concerts.
| officer | photographer | agency | ad, advertisement | campaign | freedom
in the ~
There was no mention of the incident in the national press.
get/have a good/bad, etc. press
His latest novel didn't get a very good press (= was not praised in the media).
2 machine for printing
VERB + PRESS
The newspaper goes to press at 6 o'clock.
PRESS + VERB
The presses are already rolling.
Their new book is in press.
hot off the press
We've just received a copy of her latest book, hot off the press. verb
1 push sth firmly
She pressed down hard on the gas pedal.
| gently, lightly | close/closely
He pressed up closer against the wall, terrified of being seen.
| back, down, forward, together, up
The crowd pressed forward. She pressed her lips together.
She pressed her face against the window.
Bella pressed her face into the pillow.
She pressed on the doorbell.
He pressed a finger gently to her lips.
press sth flat/open/shut
He pressed the lid firmly shut.
2 try to persuade sb
In the interview he strongly pressed his point of view.
| consistently, continually, repeatedly | further | successfully
VERB + PRESS
The party will continue to press the case for a new electoral system.
I did not press him further on the issue.
3 iron sth
his immaculately pressed suit
PHRASAL VERBS press on
blindly | boldly
They pressed boldly on with their plan.
press on regardless
The weather was dreadful but we pressed on regardless.
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