How to use
pressare, from premere
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transitive always + adverb/preposition
to push something firmly against a surface
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
and plunged the room into darkness.
Press control, alt, delete to log on to the computer.
to make clothes smooth using a hot iron
I'll need to press my suit.
intransitive always + adverb/preposition
to move in a particular direction by pushing
The car rocked as the crowd pressed hard against it.
intransitive and transitive
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.
We must continue to press for full equality.
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.
hold somebody/something close
to hold someone or something close to you
press somebody/something to you
He reached out and pressed her to him.
press somebody's hand/arm
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
be pressed for time/cash etc
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
press somebody/something into service
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.
press the flesh
to shake hands with a lot of people - used humorously
The President reached into the crowd to press the flesh.
press something home
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 home your advantage
to try to succeed completely, using an advantage that you have gained
to make a copy of a record,
➔ be hard pressed to do something
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?
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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