American English

Definition of press noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[singular] newspapers and magazines the local/national/foreign press the tabloid press (= smaller newspapers with a lot of pictures and stories of famous people) The story was reported in the press and on television. the business/music/sports press (= newspapers and magazines about business/music/sports) freedom of the press/press freedom (= the freedom to report any events and express opinions) The event is bound to attract wide press coverage (= it will be written about in many newspapers). According to recent press reports, three people were killed.
  2. 2the press [singular] the journalists and photographers who work for newspapers and magazines Members of the press were not allowed to attend the trial. She has been harassed by the press, who desperately need a story.
  3. 3[uncountable] the type or amount of reports that newspapers write about someone or something The airline has had a lot of bad press recently (= journalists have written unpleasant things about it). The demonstration got very little press.
  4. publishing/printing
  5. 4[countable, uncountable] a machine for printing books, newspapers, etc.; the process of printing them We were able to watch the pages rolling off the presses. These prices are correct at press time. a story that is hot off the press (= has just appeared in the newspapers) see also printing press
  6. 5[countable] a business that prints and publishes books Oxford University Press
  7. equipment for pressing
  8. 6[countable] (especially in compounds) a piece of equipment that is used for creating pressure on things, to make them flat, or to get liquid from them a pants press a garlic press
  9. act of pushing
  10. 7[countable, usually singular] an act of pushing something with your hand or with a tool that you are holding He gave the bell another press.
  11. crowd
  12. 8[singular] a large number of people or things competing for space or movement synonym throng the press of bodies all moving in the same direction Among the press of cars he glimpsed a taxi.
  13. Idioms
      stop the presses
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    1. 1to stop printing presses while a newspaper is being printed because late news needs to be added The editor stopped the presses because the headline was wrong.
    2. 2used before telling someone important or shocking news Stop the presses! Jon and Julia are getting married!
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: press