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English definition of “press”

press

verb (PUSH)    /pres/
B1 [I or T, usually + adv/prep] to push something firmly , often without causing it to move permanently further away from you: Press the button to start the machine . He pressed his face against the window . Can you press a bit harder on my shoulders , please ? The crowd pressed against the locked doors trying to get into the building . Press down firmly on the lever .Squeezing and grinding [T] to make clothes smooth by ironing them: I'll just press these trousers .Cleaning clothes [T] to put a weight on fruit in order to remove the juice : to press grapes Preparing foodPreparing food using heat [T] to make a CD, DVD , etc.: Over 3,000 copies of the CD were pressed and sent out to college radio stations .Recording sounds and images [T] to make something flat and firm by putting it under something heavy : The children pressed some flowers . pressed turkey breast Squeezing and grinding
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