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press pronunciación 1
verb (presses , pressed , pressing )
1 a tr & intr to push steadily, especially with the finger press the bell ;
b (often press against or on or down on something) to push it; to apply pressure to it press down on the accelerator .
2 to hold something firmly against something; to flatten pressed her nose against the glass .
3 to compress or squash.
4 to squeeze (eg someone's hand) affectionately.
5 to preserve (plants) by flattening and drying, eg between the pages of a book.
6 a to squeeze (fruit) to extract juice;
b to extract (juice) from fruit by squeezing.
7 to iron (clothes, etc).
8 to urge or compel someone; to ask them insistently.
9 to insist on something; to urge recognition or discussion of it press your claim press the point .
10 intr (press for something) to demand it press for a payrise .
11 (press something on someone) to insist on giving it to them.
12 intr (usu press on, ahead or forward) to hurry on; to continue, especially in spite of difficulties.
13 law to bring (charges) officially against someone.
14 to produce (eg a record, noun 4) from a mould by a compressing process.
noun (presses )
1 an act of pressing.
2 any apparatus for pressing, flattening, squeezing, etc.
3 a printing press.
4 the process or art of printing.
5 a place where printing is carried out.
6 (the press) newspapers or journalists in general.
7 newspaper publicity or reviews received by a show, book, etc got a poor press .
8 a crowd a press of onlookers .
9 Scot a cupboard.
adjective belonging or relating to the newspaper industry a press photographer .
[13c: from French presser , from Latin premere , pressum to press]
go to press said of a book, etc: to be sent for printing.

the press There is often uncertainty as to whether collective nouns such as press should be followed by a singular or plural verb. Either is correct, depending on whether the group is being thought of as a single unit or as a number of individuals.



press pronunciación 2
verb (presses , pressed , pressing )
1 to force (men) into the army or navy.
2 (esp press something or someone into service) to put it or them to use in a way that was not originally intended.
[16c: from older prest to recruit into military service, originally -enlistment money-]


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