Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “press”

press

verb     /pres/
PUSH [I, T] B1 to push something firmly : Press the button to start the machine . Can you press a bit harder on my shoulders , please ? He pressed his face against the window .Squeezing and grinding
PERSUADE [T] to try hard to persuade someone to do something: [+ to do sth] The committee pressed him to reveal more information . We pressed him for an answer but he refused .Urging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
press charges to complain officially about someone in a court of law : The family decided not to press charges against him.Taking legal action
MAKE SMOOTH [T] to make clothes smooth by ironing them: I need to press these trousers .Cleaning clothes
MAKE FLAT [T] to make something flat by putting something heavy on it for a long time : to press fruit / flowers Squeezing and grinding
press a case/claim to try to make people accept your demands Urging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
(Definition of press verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

Definitions of “press” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

drizzle

to pour liquid slowly over something, especially in a thin line or in small drops

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More