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.