- 1 [transitive, intransitive] to push something closely and firmly against something; to be pushed in this way press something/somebody/yourself against something She pressed her face against the window. press something to something He pressed a handkerchief to his nose. press something together She pressed her lips together. press against something His body was pressing against hers.
- 2 [transitive, intransitive] to push or squeeze part of a device, etc. in order to make it work press something to press a button/switch/key press something + adj. He pressed the lid firmly shut. (+ adv./prep.) Press here to open. She pressed down hard on the gas pedal. See related entries: How machines work
- 3[transitive] press something into/onto something to put something in a place by pushing it firmly He pressed a coin into her hand and moved on.
- 4[transitive] press something to squeeze somebody’s hand or arm, especially as a sign of affection
- 5[intransitive] + adv./prep. (of people in a crowd) to move in the direction mentioned by pushing The photographers pressed around the royal visitors. (figurative) A host of unwelcome thoughts were pressing in on him. try to persuade
- 6[transitive] to make strong efforts to persuade or force somebody to do something synonym push, urge press somebody If pressed, he will admit that he knew about the affair. press somebody for something The bank is pressing us for repayment of the loan. press somebody to do something They are pressing us to make a quick decision. press somebody into something/into doing something Don't let yourself be pressed into doing something you don't like. point/claim/case
- 7[transitive] press something to express or repeat something with force I don't want to press the point, but you do owe me $200. She is still pressing her claim for compensation. They were determined to press their case at the highest level. make flat/smooth
- 8[transitive] to make something flat or smooth by using force or putting something heavy on top press something pressed flowers (= pressed between the pages of a book) press something + adj. Press the soil flat with the back of a spade.
- 9[transitive] press something to make clothes smooth using a hot iron synonym iron My suit needs pressing. fruit/vegetables
- 10[transitive] press something to squeeze the juice out of fruit or vegetables by using force or weight See related entries: Preparing food metal
- 11[transitive] to make something from a material, using pressure press something to press a CD press something from/out of something The car bodies are pressed out of sheets of metal. Word Originverb Middle English: from Old French presse (noun), presser (verb), from Latin pressare
verbjump to other results
BrE BrE//pres//; NAmE NAmE//pres//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they press
BrE BrE//pres//; NAmE NAmE//pres//he / she / it presses
BrE BrE//ˈpresɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpresɪz//past simple pressed
BrE BrE//prest//; NAmE NAmE//prest//past participle pressed
BrE BrE//prest//; NAmE NAmE//prest//-ing form pressing
BrE BrE//ˈpresɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpresɪŋ//Preparing food, How machines work
press somebody/something into service.late 16th cent.: alteration (by association with press, verb) of obsolete prest ‘pay given on enlistment, enlistment by such payment’, from Old French prest
(informal) to do exactly the right things to please somebody a new satirical comedy show that pushes all the right buttons Phrasal Verbspress for somethingpress onpress something on somebody