|Origin:||presser, from Latin pressare, from premere 'to press'; PRINT2|
to push something firmly against a surface [= push]:
against something[transitive always + adverb/preposition]
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.
to push a button, switch etc to make a machine start, a bell ring etc [= push]:
Lily pressed the switch and plunged the room into darkness.
Press control, alt, delete to log on to the computer.
to make clothes smooth using a hot iron [= iron]:
I'll need to press my suit.
to move in a particular direction by pushing:
crowd[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
The car rocked as the crowd pressed hard against it.
to try hard to persuade someone to do something, especially by asking them many times:
persuade[intransitive and transitive]
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.
We must continue to press for full equality.
I was pressing my claim for custody of the child.
to put pressure or a weight on something to make it flat, crush it etc:
At this stage the grapes have to be pressed.
to hold someone or something close to you
hold somebody/something close[transitive]
press somebody/something to you
He reached out and pressed her to him.
to hold someone's hand or arm tightly for a short time, to show friendship, sympathy etc:
Sometimes he was too ill to speak, and just pressed my hand.
to say officially that someone has done something illegal and must go to court
to not have enough time, money etc:
a government department that is pressed for both time and money
to offer something to someone and try to make them take it
press something on somebody
I pressed money on him, but he refused to take it.
to push a weight up from your chest using only your arms, without moving your legs or feet
to persuade someone to help you, or to use something to help you do something because of an unexpected problem or need:
The army was pressed into service to fight the fires.
to shake hands with a lot of people - used humorously:
The President reached into the crowd to press the flesh.
to push something into its place:
Jane slammed the door and pressed the bolt home.
to repeat or emphasize something, so that people remember it:
He decided it was the time to press his point home.
to try to succeed completely, using an advantage that you have gained
to make a copy of a record, CD etc
➔ be hard pressed to do somethingat hard2 (5)
press onphrasal verb
also press ahead
to continue doing something, especially working, in a determined way:
We'll talk about your suggestion later - now let's just press on.
press on with
Shall we press ahead with the minutes of the last meeting?