presspress2 ●●● S1 W2 verb 1 against something [transitive always + adverb/preposition]PUSH to push something firmly against a surface syn push Manville kept his back pressed flat against the wall. She pressed the gas pedal and the car leapt forwards. He pressed a card into her hand before leaving.2 button [transitive]PRESS to push a button, switch etc to make a machine start, a bell ring etc syn push Lily pressed the switch and plunged the room into darkness. Press control, alt, delete to log on to the computer.3 clothes [transitive]DC to make clothes smooth using a hot iron syn iron I’ll need to press my suit.4 crowd [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]PUSH to move in a particular direction by pushing The car rocked as the crowd pressed hard against it.5 persuade [intransitive, transitive]PERSUADE to try hard to persuade someone to do something, especially by asking them many times I felt that if I had pressed him he would have lent me the money.press somebody to do something The police pressed her to remember all the details.press somebody for something The manufacturers are pressing the government for action.press for We must continue to press for full equality. I was pressing my claim for custody of the child.6 heavy weight [transitive]FLAT to put pressure or a weight on something to make it flat, crush it etc pressed flowers At this stage the grapes have to be pressed.7 hold somebody/something close [transitive]HOLD to hold someone or something close to youpress somebody/something to you He reached out and pressed her to him.8 → press somebody’s hand/arm9 → press charges10 → be pressed for time/cash etc11 give [transitive] to offer something to someone and try to make them take itpress something on somebody I pressed money on him, but he refused to take it.12 exercise [transitive] to push a weight up from your chest using only your arms, without moving your legs or feet13 → press somebody/something into service14 → press the flesh15 → press something home16 → press home your advantage17 record [transitive]TCR to make a copy of a record, CD etc → be hard pressed to do something at hard2(5)THESAURUSpress to push something down or against a surface with your fingers or footThe doctor gently pressed her stomach.To move forward, press the accelerator.I pressed ‘delete’ and started again.squeeze to press something inwards from both sidesIt’s one of those balls that make a funny noise when you squeeze it.Squeeze the lemon and add the juice to the sauce.squash to press something against a surface accidentally and damage it by making it flatDon’t squash the tomatoes.He sat on my hat and squashed it.crush to press something very hard so that it breaks into very small pieces, or is very badly damagedCrush two cloves of garlic.The front of the car was completely crushed in the crash.mash to press cooked vegetables or fruit until they are soft and smoothMash the potatoes while they are warm.Babies love mashed bananas.grind to press something solid until it becomes a powder, using a machine or toolthe machine that grinds the cornfreshly ground coffee → press on→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpuspress• Bake for about 20 minutes more, until cake is brown and feels firm when gently pressed.• Those shown in the brochure are for guidance only and may have changed since we went to press.• How much can you press?• Without thinking, he pressed a button on the desktop.• Their tiny faces were pressed against the window.• The first and most pressing demand upon me was the immediate safety of the capital and the government.• His hands pressed down on both her shoulders.• Kate pressed forward through the crowd to take her place.• As the race started the crowd pressed forward towards the track.• The doctor gently pressed her stomach.• The cookie dough is then pressed into small shapes and baked in a hot oven.• Our fighter group took care of them in short order, however, and we pressed on to launch the attack.• The security men tried to hold back crowds of reporters pressing round the President's car.• Mattie pressed the automatic device on her dashboard and the garage door eased upwards for the Lincoln to slide smoothly in.• I pressed the brake pedal, but nothing happened.• Andy pressed the cool glass to his forehead.• We pressed the flowers between the pages of a book.• The hand-operated machine presses the grapes to produce a dark liquid.• Friends come to help us gather the crop and press the grapes.• To get coffee, put your money in the machine and press the green button.• She stuffed the papers back in the box and pressed the lid down.• We each attach a bracelet to our wrist then press the palm of our other hand on to the metal pad.• I'm not going to press those shirts for you.• Which key do I press to delete it?• Enough olives had been gathered and pressed to produce 1000 litres of cooking oil.• They can press up their own records and sell them through local shops and radio.pressed ... switch• The driver pressed the switch fully down and the beam became of blinding intensity.• Lily moved away from him and pressed the switch that plunged the room into darkness.pressing ... claim• It has no pressing economic claim on my conscience.press somebody/something to you• He pressed me tighter to him.• I pressed her to me and let her get it over with.• I picked him up and pressed him to me.• I was pressing to prove to myself I deserved the job.• She'd wanted to press him to her and to stroke the thin, vulnerable nape of his neck.• She held Tom close and pressed her cheek to his.