|Origin:||pressura, from premere; PRESS2|
pres‧sure1 S1 W1
an attempt to persuade someone by using influence, arguments, or threats:
They are putting pressure on people to vote yes.
be/come under pressure to do something
The minister was under pressure to resign.
be/come under pressure from somebody (to do something)
I was under pressure from my parents to become a teacher.
The Labour government came under pressure from the trade unions.
Pressure for change has become urgent.
the pressure on all of us to keep slim
He exerts pressure on his kids to get them to do as he wants.
You must never give in to pressure.
a way of working or living that causes you a lot of anxiety, especially because you feel you have too many things to do
anxiety/overwork[uncountable and countable]
I feel I'm not able to cope well with the pressures of life.
The pressure on doctors is increasing steadily.
I'm under constant pressure at work.
The pressures of work can make you ill.
a high pressure job
athletes who show grace under pressure (=who behave well when they are anxious)
events or conditions that cause changes and affect the way a situation develops, especially in economics or politics:
causing change[uncountable and countable]
Analysts expect the pound to come under pressure.
relieve/reduce pressure (on somebody/something)
Slowing the arms race relieved pressure on the Soviet economic system.
The 1990s brought increased economic pressure to bear on all business activities.
the force or weight that is being put on to something
The pressure of the water turns the wheel.
the pressure of his hand on my arm
the force produced by the quantity of gas or liquid in a place or container:
gas/liquid[uncountable and countable]
The gas containers burst at high pressure.
a condition of the air in the Earth's atmosphere, which affects the weather
weather[uncountable and countable]
A ridge of high pressure is building up strongly over the Atlantic.