(noun, verb)


1. the state of demanding notice or attention

- the press of business matters

Similar word(s): imperativeness, insistence, insistency, pressure

Definition categories: state, urgency

2. the print media responsible for gathering and publishing news in the form of newspapers or magazines

Definition categories: communication

3. a machine used for printing

Definition categories: man–made, machine

4. a dense crowd of people

Similar word(s): crush, jam

Definition categories: group, crowd

5. a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes

Similar word(s): closet, wardrobe

Definition categories: man–made, furniture

6. clamp to prevent wooden rackets from warping when not in use

Definition categories: man–made, clamp, clinch

7. any machine that exerts pressure to form or shape or cut materials or extract liquids or compress solids

Definition categories: man–made, machine

8. a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then smoothly lifted overhead

Definition categories: act, weightlift, weightlifting

9. the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure

- he gave the button a press

- he used pressure to stop the bleeding

- at the pressing of a button

Similar word(s): pressing, pressure

Definition categories: act, push, pushing

Sentences with press as a noun:

- a flower press

- Stop the presses!

- according to a member of the press;  This article appeared in the press.

- Put the cups in the press.  Put the ironing in the linen press.

- He can even the match with a press.

- I would like some Concord press with my meal tonight.


1. exert pressure or force to or upon

- He pressed down on the boards

- press your thumb on this spot

Definition categories: contact, touch

2. force or impel in an indicated direction

Similar word(s): exhort, urge

Definition categories: communication, advise, counsel, rede

3. to be oppressive or burdensome

- Something pressed on his mind

Similar word(s): weigh

Definition categories: stative, count, matter, weigh

4. place between two surfaces and apply weight or pressure

- pressed flowers

Definition categories: contact, flatten

5. squeeze or press together

- she compressed her lips

Similar word(s): compact, compress, constrict, contract, squeeze

Definition categories: contact, tighten

6. crowd closely

- The crowds pressed along the street

Definition categories: motion, mass

7. create by pressing

- Press little holes into the soft clay

Definition categories: creation, create, make

8. be urgent

- This is a pressing problem

Definition categories: stative, be

9. exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; be an advocate for

Similar word(s): agitate, campaign, crusade, fight, push

Definition categories: social, advertise, advertize, promote, push

10. press from a plastic

- press a record

Definition categories: creation, cast, mold, mould

11. make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby

Similar word(s): push

Definition categories: contact, force, push

12. press and smooth with a heated iron

- press your shirts

Similar word(s): iron

Definition categories: contact, press

13. lift weights

- This guy can press 300 pounds

Similar word(s): weightlift

Definition categories: competition, exercise

14. ask for or request earnestly

Similar word(s): adjure, beseech, bid, conjure, entreat

Definition categories: communication, plead

Sentences with press as a verb:

- to press fruit for the purpose of extracting the juice

- She took her son, and press'd

- to press cloth with an iron

- to press a hat

- to press a crowd back

- Alas, he weeps too! Something presses him

- to press the Bible on an audience

- to press a horse in a race

- God heard their prayers, wherein they earnestly pressed him for the honor of his great name. (Winthrop, Hist. New England, II. 35)

- If we read but a very little, we naturally want to press it all; if we read a great deal, we are willing not to press the whole of what we read, and we learn what ought to be pressed and what not. (M. Arnold, Literature and Dogma, Pref.)