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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
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