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Meaning of “press” in the English Dictionary

"press" in British English

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pressverb

uk   us   /pres/
  • press verb (PUSH)

B1 [I or T, usually + adv/prep] to ​push something ​firmly, often without ​causing it to ​movepermanentlyfurther away from you: Press the ​button to ​start the ​machine. He pressed his ​face against the ​window. Can you press a little ​harder on my ​shoulders, ​please? The ​crowd pressed against the ​lockeddoorstrying to get into the ​building. Press downfirmly on the ​lever. [T] to make ​clothessmooth by ironing them: I'll just press these ​trousers. [T] to put a ​weight on ​fruit in ​order to ​remove the ​juice: to press ​grapes [T] to make a CD, ​DVD, etc.: Over 3,000 ​copies of the CD were pressed and ​sent out to ​collegeradiostations. [T] to make something ​flat and ​firm by putting it under something ​heavy: The ​children pressed some ​flowers. pressed ​turkeybreast

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  • press verb (PERSUADE)

C2 [T] to ​try hard to ​persuade someone to do something: [+ obj + to infinitive ] The ​committee pressed him toreveal more ​information. He's pressing me for an ​answer. Can I press you ​further on (= ​persuade you to say more about) this ​issue?press charges C2 to ​complainofficially about someone in a ​lawcourt: The ​family have ​decided not to press ​charges against him.press a case/claim to ​continue to ​try to make ​peopleacceptyourdemands: Once again he ​tried to press his ​case forpromotion.

pressnoun

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  • press noun (NEWSPAPERS)

the press [S, + sing/pl verb]

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B2 newspapers and ​magazines, and those ​parts of ​television and ​radio that ​broadcastnews, or reporters and ​photographers who ​work for them: The ​incident has been ​widelyreported in the press. press ​reports/​coverage press ​reporters/​photographers the ​local/​national press The ​charityinvited the press (= ​reporters and ​photographers) to a ​presentation of ​itsplans for the ​future. The press was out in ​force at the ​awardsceremony. Freedom of the press (= the ​right of ​newspapers to ​publishnews and ​opinions without being ​controlled by the ​government) must be ​upheld.
C1 [S or U] the ​judgment that is given of someone or something in the ​newspapers or on ​radio or ​television: What ​kind of press did his ​play get?UK The ​play has had a good/​bad press.US The ​play has had good/​bad press.

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  • press noun (BOOKS)

[C] a ​business that ​prints and ​producesbooks and ​similar things: Cambridge University Press

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  • Edinburgh University Press
  • published by Manchester University Press
  • press noun (PRINTING MACHINE)

[C] a ​machine that is used for ​printing: a ​printing pressgo to press to ​start to be ​printed: The ​newspaper will go to press at ​midnight.
  • press noun (PUSH)

[C usually singular] a ​firmpush against something using the ​fingers: To ​start the ​machine, just give this ​button a press. [S] the ​act of making ​clothsmooth with an iron: Can you give this ​shirt a ​quick press? [C] a ​piece of ​equipment that is used to put ​weight on something in ​order to ​crush it, ​removeliquid from it or to make it ​flat: a ​garlic/​trouser/​wine press
(Definition of press from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pressverb

 us   /pres/
  • press verb (PUSH)

[I/T] to ​pushfirmly against something that is ​fixed in ​position: [T] I pressed the ​volumebutton 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 ​carshotahead. [I/T] When you press ​clothes, you use an ​iron (= a ​heavydevice with a ​flatbase) 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 ​officialcomplaint).

pressnoun

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  • press noun (DEVICE)

[C] any of ​variousdevices that use ​force: a ​pants press a ​garlic press a ​printing press
  • press noun (NEWSPAPERS)

[U] newspapers, ​magazines, and other ​businesses that ​communicatenews 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 ​negativereaction 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 ​producesbooks or other ​printedmaterial: Cambridge University Press
(Definition of press from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"press" in Business English

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pressverb [I or T]

uk   us   /pres/
to ​try hard to persuade someone to do something: The ​committee pressed him to reveal more ​information.press (sb) for sth The ​lawyers are likely to press for a ​settlement of ​claims.
press charges to ​complainofficially about someone in a ​court of ​law: press charges against sb Italian ​magistrates are expected to press ​charges against the company's ​founder.
press your case to ​try to make ​peopleaccept your ​demands: He was ​determined to press his ​case for ​promotion.

pressnoun

uk   us   /pres/
(also the press) COMMUNICATIONS newspapers and ​magazines, and those ​parts of ​television and radio that ​broadcastnews, or the ​people who ​work for ​newspapers, etc.: in the press The company's problems have been widely ​reported in the press.freedom of (the) press He was an outspoken activist in favor of freedom of press and freedom of speech. The press was ​present at the ​briefing in large ​numbers and ​asked some awkward ​questions. local/​national press press ​reports/​coverage press reporters/photographers
[S or U] the ​judgment that is given about someone or something in the ​newspapers or on radio or ​television: (a) good/bad press The announcement has had a generally good press.
[C] a ​business that ​publishes and sometimes ​printsbooks, etc.: Cambridge University Press
[C] PRODUCTION a ​machine that is used for ​printingbooks, etc.: a ​printing press
go to press to ​start to be ​printed, or to ​include something in a ​newspaper, etc.: The last ​issue of the ​journal went to press before the ​newsbroke. She had gone to press with the ​rumour without ​checking her ​sources first.
(Definition of press from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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