Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “press”

See all translations

press

verb  /pres/ us  

press verb (PUSH)

[I/T] to push firmly against something that is fixed in position: [T] I pressed the volume button on the remote. [I always + adv/prep] The crowd pressed up against the doors. [I always + adv/prep] He pressed down hard on the accelerator, and the car shot ahead. [I/T] When you press clothes, you use an iron (= a heavy device with a flat base) to make them smooth.

press verb (PERSUADE)

[T] to try to persuade or cause someone to do something, or to act in a determined way to cause something to be accepted: The police pressed her to identify the man she had seen. Marquez will visit Washington to press his country’s case. She decided not to press charges against him (= make an official complaint).

press

noun  /pres/ us  

press noun (DEVICE)

[C] any of various devices that use force: a pants press a garlic press a printing press

press noun (NEWSPAPERS)

[U] newspapers, magazines, and other businesses that communicate news to the public by print, television, or radio, or the people who work to prepare and present the news: Is the press too conservative? [U] Good/bad press is the positive or negative reaction of newspapers, magazines, etc., to a person or thing: At some point, every president has complained about bad press.

press noun (PUBLISHER)

[C] a business that prints and produces books or other printed material: Cambridge University Press
(Definition of press from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of press?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “press” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

bad/hard/tough luck

said to express sympathy with someone when something bad has happened to them

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More