/prɛs / (say pres)

verb (pressed or, Archaic, prest, pressing)
verb (t)
1. to act upon with weight or force.
2. to move by weight or force in a certain direction or into a certain position.
3. to compress or squeeze, as to alter in shape or size.
4. to weigh heavily upon; to subject to pressure.
5. Shearing to compress (wool) in a wool press so as to create bales: he was sewing up the pressed wool.
6. to subject to heavy weights, as a method of fatal punishment.
7. to make flat by subjecting to weight: she pressed the flowers between the pages of a book.
8. to hold closely, as in an embrace; clasp.
9. to iron (clothes, etc.).
10. to extract juice, etc., from by pressure.
11. to squeeze out or express, as juice.
12. to form hot glass into ware (pressed ware) by means of iron mould and plunger, operated by hand or mechanically.
13. to beset or harass.
14. to oppress or trouble; to put to straits, as by lack of something: they were pressed for time.
15. to urge or impel, as to a particular course; constrain or compel.
16. to urge onwards; hurry; hasten.
17. to urge (a person, etc.), importune, beseech, or entreat.
18. to insist on: to press the payment of a debt; to press one's theories.
19. to plead with insistence: to press a claim.
20. to push forward.
21. Obsolete to crowd upon or throng.
verb (i)
22. to exert weight, force, or pressure.
23. to iron clothes, etc.
24. to bear heavily, as upon the mind.
25. to compel haste: time presses.
26. to demand immediate attention.
27. to use urgent entreaty: to press for an answer.
28. to push forward with force, eagerness, or haste.
29. to crowd or throng.
30. printed publications collectively, especially newspapers and periodicals.
a. Also, printed press. the body or class of persons engaged in writing for or editing newspapers or periodicals.
b. the news media generally, including the electronic media.
32. comment in the newspapers, etc., on some matter of current public interest, either approving (good press) or disapproving (bad press).
33. Printing
a. machine used for printing, as a flatbed cylinder press, one in which a flat bed holding the printing forme moves against a revolving cylinder which carries the paper.
b. rotary press, one in which the types or plates to be printed are fastened upon a rotating cylinder and are impressed on a continuous roll of paper.
34. an establishment for printing books, etc.
35. the process or art of printing.
36. any of various instruments or machines for exerting pressure, as a wool press.
37. the act of pressing; pressure.
38. a pressing or pushing forward.
39. a pressing together in a crowd, or a crowding or thronging.
40. a crowd, throng, or multitude.
41. pressed state.
42. pressure or urgency, as of affairs or business.
43. an upright case, or piece of furniture, for holding clothes, books, etc.
44. a cupboard in a classroom, used for storing stationery, etc.
45. a framework secured by screws for holding tennis racquets, and the like, when not in use.
46. Weightlifting a lift where the barbell is raised first to the shoulders, then slowly and smoothly above the head with the arms held straight.
47. Obsolete a crease caused by pressing.
48. bad press, unfavourable coverage in the media.
49. good press, favourable coverage in the media.
50. go to press,
a. to begin to be printed.
b. Prison Colloquial to put a statement in writing incriminating oneself or others.
51. in the press of business (or circumstances), in the multitude of tasks or events requiring urgent attention.
52. press home,
a. to present forcefully or emphasise (an argument, opinion, fact, etc.): to press home the need for quick action.
b. to make the final effort to achieve (something): to press home a reform agenda.
53. press the flesh, Colloquial (usually of politicians) to shake hands and talk with members of the public, as when campaigning for election, etc.
{defs 1–29 (verb): Middle English presse(n) (verb), from presse (noun); but compare Old French presser, from Latin pressāre, frequentative of premere press; defs 30–47 (noun): Middle English presse, Old English press, from Medieval Latin pressa}
[c]/prɛs / (say pres)

verb (t)
1. to force into service, especially naval or military service; to impress.
2. to make use of in a manner different from that intended or desired: *in the absence of a rudder, a boat's oar had to be pressed into service. –patrick white, 1976.
3. impressment into service, especially naval or military service.
{backformation from prest, past participle of obsolete prest (verb) take (men) for military service, verb use of obsolete prest (noun) enlistment, loan, from Old French, from prester furnish, lend, from Latin praestāre perform, vouch for, excel}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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