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Definition of pressure verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

pressure

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈpreʃə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpreʃər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pressure
BrE BrE//ˈpreʃə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpreʃər//
 
he / she / it pressures
BrE BrE//ˈpreʃəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpreʃərz//
 
past simple pressured
BrE BrE//ˈpreʃəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpreʃərd//
 
past participle pressured
BrE BrE//ˈpreʃəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpreʃərd//
 
-ing form pressuring
BrE BrE//ˈpreʃərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpreʃərɪŋ//
 
 
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[often passive] (especially North American English) (British English also pressurize) pressure somebody (into something/into doing something) | pressure somebody to do something to persuade somebody to do something, especially by making them feel that they have to or should do it Don't let yourself be pressured into making a hasty decision. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin pressura, from press- ‘pressed’, from the verb premere.Extra examples Don’t let yourself be pressured into making a hasty decision. He pressured her to take on more wealthy clients. His father pressured him to accept a job in the bank. No one has the right to pressure you. You can always say no. They’re beginning a postcard campaign to pressure the Department of the Environment.
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