To press something is to push it, like if you press an elevator button or press your friend to tell you a secret. If you get that secret, don’t leak it to the press, which is another word for news media.

Press is also a noun, meaning a machine that uses pressure, either to squeeze liquid out of something (like an apple cider press), or to stamp a design or text on something (like a printing press). There's also a press of people, or a crowd of folks so close they press against each other; and "the press," or the news media, which got the name because newspapers are printed using a press.

Definitions of press
  1. verb
    exert pressure or force to or upon
    “He pressed down on the boards”
    press your thumb on this spot”
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    press firmly
    crush, mash, squash, squeeze, squelch
    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
    press or rub with the knuckles
    press against forcefully without moving
    twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid
    squeeze together tightly
    crush or grind with a heavy instrument
    crush with a steamroller as if to level
    crush as if by treading on
    crush together or collapse
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    make physical contact with, come in contact with
  2. verb
    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
    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
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    advise, counsel, rede
    give advice to
  3. verb
    create by pressing
    Press little holes into the soft clay”
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  4. verb
    press from a plastic
    press a record”
    synonyms: press out
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    cast, mold, mould
    form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold
  5. verb
    squeeze or press together
    synonyms: compact, compress, constrict, contract, squeeze
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    choke, strangle
    constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing
    contract one's lips
    constrict or bind or draw together
    constrict a hollow organ or vessel so as to stop the flow of blood or air
    contract involuntarily, as in a spasm
    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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    become tight or tighter
  6. verb
    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
    press between rollers or plates so as to smooth, glaze, or thin into sheets
    press with a mangle
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    flatten, flatten out
    become flat or flatter
  7. verb
    crowd closely
    “The crowds pressed along the street”
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    join together into a mass or collect or form a mass
  8. noun
    the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure
    “he gave the button a press
    synonyms: pressing, pressure
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    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
    the action or process of compressing
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    push, pushing
    the act of applying force in order to move something away
  9. noun
    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
    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
    a press that is used to extract the juice from grapes
    bench press
    a small punch press mounted on a workbench
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    any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks
  10. noun
    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
    a traffic jam so bad that no movement is possible
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    a large number of things or people considered together
  11. noun
    clamp to prevent wooden rackets from warping when not in use
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    clamp, clinch
    a device (generally used by carpenters) that holds things firmly together
  12. verb
    to be oppressive or burdensome
    “"weigh heavily on the mind", "Something pressed on his mind”
    synonyms: weigh
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    count, matter, weigh
    have weight; have import, carry weight
  13. verb
    be urgent
    “This is a pressing problem”
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    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  14. verb
    press and smooth with a heated iron
    press your shirts”
    synonyms: iron, iron out
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    press with a mangle
  15. verb
    lift weights
    “This guy can press 300 pounds”
    synonyms: weight-lift, weightlift
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    exercise, work out
    do physical exercise
  16. noun
    a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then smoothly lifted overhead
    synonyms: military press
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    weightlift, weightlifting
    bodybuilding by exercise that involves lifting weights
  17. verb
    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)
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    advertise, advertize, promote, push
    make publicity for; try to sell (a product)
  18. verb
    ask for or request earnestly
    synonyms: adjure, beseech, bid, conjure, entreat
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    appeal or request earnestly
  19. noun
    the state of demanding notice or attention
    “the press of business matters”
    synonyms: imperativeness, insistence, insistency, pressure
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    the state of being urgent; an earnest and insistent necessity
  20. noun
    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)
    a newspaper that is published every day
    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
  21. noun
    a machine used for printing
    synonyms: printing press
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    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
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    any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks
  22. verb
    make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby
    synonyms: push
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    force, push
    move with force
  23. noun
    a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes
    synonyms: closet, wardrobe
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    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
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    article of furniture, furniture, piece of furniture
    furnishings that make a room or other area ready for occupancy
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