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press1 / pres/ • v. 1. move or cause to move into a position of contact with something by exerting continuous physical force: [tr.] he pressed his face to the glass | [intr.] her body pressed against his. ∎  [tr.] exert continuous physical force on (something), typically in order to operate a device or machine: he pressed a button and the doors slid open. ∎  [tr.] squeeze (someone's arm or hand) as a sign of affection. ∎  [intr.] move in a specified direction by pushing: the mob was still pressing forward. ∎ fig. (of an enemy or opponent) attack persistently and fiercely: [intr.] their enemies pressed in on all sides | [tr.] two assailants were pressing Agrippa. ∎  [intr.] (press on/ahead) fig. continue in one's action: he stubbornly pressed on with his work. ∎  [tr.] Weightlifting raise (a specified weight) by first lifting it to shoulder height and then gradually pushing it upward above the head. 2. [tr.] apply pressure to (something) to flatten, shape, or smooth it, typically by ironing: she pressed her nicest blouse | [as adj.] (pressed) immaculately pressed trousers. ∎  apply pressure to (a flower or leaf) between sheets of paper in order to dry and preserve it. ∎  extract (juice or oil) by crushing or squeezing fruit, vegetables, etc.: [as adj.] (pressed) freshly pressed grape juice. ∎  squeeze or crush (fruit, vegetables, etc.) to extract the juice or oil. ∎  manufacture (something, esp. a phonograph record) by molding under pressure. 3. [tr.] forcefully put forward (an opinion, claim, or course of action): Rose did not press the point. ∎  make strong efforts to persuade or force (someone) to do or provide something: when I pressed him for precise figures, he evaded the subject| the marketing directors were pressed to justify their expenditure | [intr.] they continued to press for changes in legislation. ∎  (press something on/upon) insist that (someone) accept an offer or gift: he pressed dinner invitations on her. ∎  [intr.] (of something, esp. time) be in short supply and so demand immediate action. ∎  (be pressed) have barely enough of something, esp. time: I'm very pressed for time. ∎  (be pressed to do something) have difficulty doing or achieving something: they may be hard pressed to keep their promise. • n. 1. a device for applying pressure to something in order to flatten or shape it or to extract juice or oil: a flower press a wine press. ∎  a machine that applies pressure to a workpiece by means of a tool, in order to punch shapes. 2. a printing press. ∎  [often in names] a business that prints or publishes books: the Clarendon Press. ∎  the process of printing: the book is ready to go to press. 3. (the press) [treated as sing. or pl.] newspapers or journalists viewed collectively: the press was notified| [as adj.] press coverage. ∎  coverage in newspapers and magazines: there's no point in demonstrating if you don't get any press | [in sing.] the mayor has had a bad press for years. 4. an act of pressing something: the system summons medical help at the press of a button. ∎  [in sing.] a closely packed crowd or mass of people or things: among the press of cars he saw a taxi. ∎  Weightlifting an act of raising a weight to shoulder height and then gradually pushing it above the head. ∎  Basketball any of various forms of close guarding by the defending team. PHRASES: press chargessee charge. press something homesee home. press (the) flesh inf. (of a celebrity or politician) greet people by shaking hands. press2 • v. [tr.] (press someone/something into) put (someone or something) to a specified use, esp. as a temporary or makeshift measure: many of these stones have been pressed into service as gateposts. ∎ hist. force (a man) to enlist in the army or navy. • n. hist. a forcible enlistment of men, esp. for the navy.

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press1
A. crowd, throng XIII;

B. instrument used to compress XIV; machine for imposing the impression of type on paper, etc.; place for printing XVI; matter printed (letter-p.) XVIII.

C. large cupboard XIV. — (O)F. presse, f. presser — L. pressāre, f. press-, pp. stem of premere press.
So press vb. bear down upon or against with force; crowd, push forward XIV; urge XVI. — (O)F. — L. pressure weight of pain, grief, etc. XIV; action of moral or mental force; action of pressing XVII. — L. pressūra.

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press2 force (a man) into the navy or army, impress. XVI. alt., under the infl. of PRESS1, of † prest (XVI), f. † prest sb. loan, impost payment in advance, earnest-money paid to a recruit on enlistment XV, enlistment XVI. — OF. prest (mod. prêt) loan, advance pay for soldiers, f. prester (mod. prêter) afford, lend:— L. præstāre furnish, medL. lend, rel. to præstō at hand, within reach.
Hence press sb. (hist.) impressing of men for service XVI; whence p.-gang XVII.

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Press

a crush of people, 1400; the newspapers; journalists collectively ; as much sail as the wind will allow on a ship; urgency; a large cupboard, closet, or container.

Examples : press of books, 1709; of canvas; of colthes, 1440; of engagements; of people, 1400; a great press was at the procession, 1400; of sail, 1860; of suspects.

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press See newspaper

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