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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/flowersSqueezing and grinding
press a case/claim to try to make people accept your demandsUrging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
(Definition of press verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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