If something's pressing, it's very important and should be taken care of right away. Your French club's most pressing issue might be raising money for the big trip to Montreal.

Pressing business needs urgent attention, and pressing problems will turn into disasters if you don't figure out a quick way to solve them. Another meaning of pressing is "the act of exerting a strong pressure," like the pressing of apples into delicious cider. Pressing comes from the verb press, "to push against" or "to squeeze out," and later also "to urge or argue for."

Definitions of pressing
  1. adjective
    compelling immediate action
    “too pressing to permit of longer delay”
    synonyms: urgent
    requiring attention or action
  2. noun
    the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure
    “at the pressing of a button”
    synonyms: press, 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
    type of:
    push, pushing
    the act of applying force in order to move something away
  3. noun
    a metal or plastic part that is made by a mechanical press
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    type of:
    part, portion
    something less than the whole of a human artifact
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