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Dictionary definition for: Press

1. (v) exert pressure or force to or upon; "He pressed down on the boards" "press your thumb on this spot"

2. (n) newspaper writers and photographers

3. (v) force or impel in an indicated direction; "I urged him to finish his studies"

4. (n) the state of urgently demanding notice or attention; "the press of business matters"

5. (v) to be oppressive or burdensome; "weigh heavily on the mind", "Something pressed on his mind"

6. (n) the gathering and publishing of news in the form of newspapers or magazines

7. (v) place between two surfaces and apply weight or pressure; "pressed flowers"

8. (n) a machine used for printing

9. (n) a dense crowd of people

10. (v) squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips" "the spasm contracted the muscle"

11. (n) a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes

12. (v) crowd closely; "The crowds pressed along the street"

13. (v) create by pressing; "Press little holes into the soft clay"

14. (n) clamp to prevent wooden rackets from warping when not in use

15. (v) be urgent; "This is a pressing problem"

16. (n) any machine that exerts pressure to form or shape or cut materials or extract liquids or compress solids

17. (v) exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; be an advocate for; "The liberal party pushed for reforms" "She is crusading for women''s rights" "The Dean is pushing for his fa

18. (n) a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then smoothly lifted overhead

19. (v) press from a plastic; "press a record"

20. (n) the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure; "he gave the button a press" "he used pressure to stop the bleeding" "at the pressing of a button"

21. (v) make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby; "Now push hard," said the doctor to the woman"

22. (v) lift weights; "This guy can press 300 pounds"

23. (v) ask for or request earnestly; "The prophet bid all people to become good persons"

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