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

adj compelling immediate action

“too pressing to permit of longer delay”
requiring attention or action

n the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure

“at the pressing of a button”
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

n a metal or plastic part that is made by a mechanical press

Type of:
part, portion
something less than the whole of a human artifact

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