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press

verb (PERSUADE)    /pres/
C2 [T] to try hard to persuade someone to do something: [+ obj + to infinitive ] The committee pressed him to reveal more information . He's pressing me for an answer . Can I press you further on (= persuade you to say more about) this issue ?Urging and persuadingCausing somebody to act press charges C2 to complain officially about someone in a law court : The family have decided not to press charges against him.Taking legal action press a case/claim to continue to try to make people accept your demands : Once again he tried to press his case for promotion .Urging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
(Definition of press verb (PERSUADE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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