press

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: press

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vn
exert pressure or force to or upon
the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure
2
v
to be oppressive or burdensome
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v
press and smooth with a heated iron
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vn
lift weights
a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then smoothly lifted overhead
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vn
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 state of demanding notice or attention
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n
the print media responsible for gathering and publishing news in the form of newspapers or magazines
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v
make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby
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n
a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: press
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v exert pressure or force to or upon

“He pressed down on the boards”
press your thumb on this spot”
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squeeze
press firmly
crush, mash, squash, squeeze, squelch
to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition
cranch, craunch, crunch, grind
press or grind with a crushing noise
bear down, bear down on, drag down, press down on, weigh down
exert a force with a heavy weight
knuckle
press or rub with the knuckles
push
press against forcefully without moving
wring
twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid
clench
squeeze together tightly
stamp
crush or grind with a heavy instrument
steamroller
crush with a steamroller as if to level
tread
crush as if by treading on
telescope
crush together or collapse
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touch
make physical contact with, come in contact with

v force or impel in an indicated direction

Synonyms:
exhort, urge, urge on
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hurry, rush
urge to an unnatural speed
bear on, push
press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action
advocate, preach
speak, plead, or argue in favor of
nudge
push into action by pestering or annoying gently
moralise, moralize, preachify, sermonise, sermonize
speak as if delivering a sermon; express moral judgements
bull, bull through
push or force
Type of:
advise, counsel, rede
give advice to

v create by pressing

Press little holes into the soft clay”
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become

v press from a plastic

press a record”
Synonyms:
press out
Type of:
cast, mold, mould
form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold

v squeeze or press together

Synonyms:
compact, compress, constrict, contract, squeeze
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choke, strangle
constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing
prim
contract one's lips
astringe
constrict or bind or draw together
strangulate
constrict a hollow organ or vessel so as to stop the flow of blood or air
convulse
contract involuntarily, as in a spasm
convulse
cause to contract
bear down, overbear
contract the abdominal muscles during childbirth to ease delivery
choke, fret, gag
be too tight; rub or press
choke, scrag
wring the neck of
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tighten
become tight or tighter

v place between two surfaces and apply weight or pressure

“pressed flowers”
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iron, iron out
press and smooth with a heated iron
calender
press between rollers or plates so as to smooth, glaze, or thin into sheets
mangle
press with a mangle
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flatten, flatten out
become flat or flatter

v crowd closely

“The crowds pressed along the street”
Type of:
mass
join together into a mass or collect or form a mass

n the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure

“he gave the button a press
Synonyms:
pressing, pressure
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impression
the act of pressing one thing on or into the surface of another
compressing, compression
applying pressure
squeeze, squeezing
the act of gripping and pressing firmly
condensation, condensing
the act of increasing the density of something
compaction, crunch, crush
the act of crushing
constriction
the action or process of compressing
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push, pushing
the act of applying force in order to move something away

n any machine that exerts pressure to form or shape or cut materials or extract liquids or compress solids

Synonyms:
mechanical press
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cheese press
a press for shaping cheese curd
ciderpress
a press that is used to extract the juice from apples
garlic press
a press for extracting juice from garlic
hydraulic press
press in which a force applied by a piston to a small area is transmitted through water to another piston having a large area
punch press
a power driven press used to shape metal parts
winepress
a press that is used to extract the juice from grapes
bench press
a small punch press mounted on a workbench
Type of:
machine
any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks

n a dense crowd of people

Synonyms:
crush, jam
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snarl-up, traffic jam
a number of vehicles blocking one another until they can scarcely move
gridlock
a traffic jam so bad that no movement is possible
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crowd
a large number of things or people considered together

n clamp to prevent wooden rackets from warping when not in use

Type of:
clamp, clinch
a device (generally used by carpenters) that holds things firmly together
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v to be oppressive or burdensome

“"weigh heavily on the mind", "Something pressed on his mind”
Synonyms:
weigh
Type of:
count, matter, weigh
have weight; have import, carry weight

v be urgent

“This is a pressing problem”
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
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v press and smooth with a heated iron

press your shirts”
Synonyms:
iron, iron out
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mangle
press with a mangle
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v lift weights

“This guy can press 300 pounds”
Synonyms:
weight-lift, weightlift
Type of:
exercise, work out
do physical exercise

n a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then smoothly lifted overhead

Synonyms:
military press
Type of:
weightlift, weightlifting
bodybuilding by exercise that involves lifting weights
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v 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:
agitate, campaign, crusade, fight, push
advertise, advertize, promote, push
make publicity for; try to sell (a product)
Type of:
advertise, advertize, promote, push
make publicity for; try to sell (a product)

v ask for or request earnestly

Synonyms:
adjure, beseech, bid, conjure, entreat
Type of:
plead
appeal or request earnestly

n the state of demanding notice or attention

“the press of business matters”
Synonyms:
imperativeness, insistence, insistency, pressure
Type of:
urgency
the state of being urgent; an earnest and insistent necessity
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n the print media responsible for gathering and publishing news in the form of newspapers or magazines

Synonyms:
public press
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free press
a press not restricted or controlled by government censorship regarding politics or ideology
newspaper, paper
a daily or weekly publication on folded sheets; contains news and articles and advertisements
mag, magazine
a periodic publication containing pictures and stories and articles of interest to those who purchase it or subscribe to it
gutter press
press that engages in sensational journalism (especially concerning the private lives of public figures)
daily
a newspaper that is published every day
gazette
a newspaper or official journal
school newspaper, school paper
a newspaper written and published by students in a school
rag, sheet, tabloid
newspaper with half-size pages
colour supplement
(British) a magazine that is printed in color and circulated with a newspaper (especially on weekends)
comic book
a magazine devoted to comic strips
news magazine
a magazine devoted to reports of current events; usually published weekly
pulp, pulp magazine
an inexpensive magazine printed on poor quality paper
glossy, slick, slick magazine
a magazine printed on good quality paper
trade magazine
a magazine published for and read by members of a particular trade group
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print media
a medium that disseminates printed matter

n a machine used for printing

Synonyms:
printing press
Types:
cylinder press, flatbed press
a printing press where the type is carried on a flat bed under a cylinder that holds paper and rolls over the type
rotary press
a printing press for printing from a revolving cylinder
standing press
a large printing press that exerts pressure vertically
Type of:
machine
any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks
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v make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby

Synonyms:
push
Type of:
force, push
move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"
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n a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes

Synonyms:
closet, wardrobe
Types:
armoire
a large wardrobe or cabinet; originally used for storing weapons
clothes closet, clothespress
a closet where clothes are stored
coat closet
a closet for storing outerwear
Type of:
article of furniture, furniture, piece of furniture
furnishings that make a room or other area ready for occupancy
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