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English noun: press

1. press (state) the state of demanding notice or attention


SamplesThe insistence of their hunger.
The press of business matters.


Synonymsimperativeness, insistence, insistency, pressure


Broader (hypernym)urgency

2. press (communication) the print media responsible for gathering and publishing news in the form of newspapers or magazines


Synonymspublic press


Broader (hypernym)print media


Narrower (hyponym)free press, mag, magazine, newspaper, paper


Part holonympress corps

3. press (artifact) a machine used for printing


Synonymsprinting press


Broader (hypernym)machine


Narrower (hyponym)cylinder press, flatbed press, rotary press, standing press


Part holonymbed

4. press (group) a dense crowd of people


Synonymscrush, jam


Broader (hypernym)crowd


Narrower (hyponym)snarl-up, traffic jam

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


Synonymscloset, wardrobe


Broader (hypernym)article of furniture, furniture, piece of furniture


Narrower (hyponym)armoire, clothes closet, clothespress, coat closet

6. press (artifact) clamp to prevent wooden rackets from warping when not in use


Broader (hypernym)clamp, clinch

7. press (artifact) any machine that exerts pressure to form or shape or cut materials or extract liquids or compress solids


Synonymsmechanical press


Broader (hypernym)machine


Narrower (hyponym)cheese press, ciderpress, garlic press, hydraulic press, punch press, winepress

8. press (act) a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then smoothly lifted overhead


Synonymsmilitary press


Broader (hypernym)weightlift, weightlifting

9. press (act) the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure


SamplesHe gave the button a press.
He used pressure to stop the bleeding.
At the pressing of a button.


Synonymspressing, pressure


Broader (hypernym)push, pushing


Narrower (hyponym)compressing, compression, impression


English verb: press

1. press (contact) exert pressure or force to or upon


SamplesHe pressed down on the boards.
Press your thumb on this spot.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)touch


Narrower (hyponym)bear down, bear down on, cranch, craunch, crunch, crush, drag down, grind, knuckle, mash, press down on, push, squash, squeeze, squeeze, squelch, weigh down

2. press (communication) force or impel in an indicated direction


SamplesI urged him to finish his studies.


ExamplesSam cannot press Sue , They press him to write the letter


Synonymsexhort, urge, urge on


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)advise, counsel, rede


Narrower (hyponym)advocate, bear on, hurry, preach, push, rush

3. press (stative) to be oppressive or burdensome


SamplesWeigh heavily on the mind.
Something pressed on his mind.


Synonymsweigh


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)count, matter, weigh

4. press (contact) place between two surfaces and apply weight or pressure


SamplesPressed flowers.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)flatten, flatten out


Narrower (hyponym)calender, iron, iron out, press

5. press (contact) squeeze or press together


SamplesShe compressed her lips.
The spasm contracted the muscle.


Synonymscompact, compress, constrict, contract, squeeze


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)tighten


Narrower (hyponym)astringe, bear down, choke, choke, choke, convulse, convulse, fret, gag, overbear, prim, scrag, strangle, strangulate

6. press (motion) crowd closely


SamplesThe crowds pressed along the street.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)mass

7. press (creation) create by pressing


SamplesPress little holes into the soft clay.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)create, make

8. press (stative) be urgent


SamplesThis is a pressing problem.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)be

9. press (social) 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


SamplesThe liberal party pushed for reforms.
She is crusading for women's rights.
The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate.


Synonymsagitate, campaign, crusade, fight, push


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)advertise, advertize, promote, push


Verb groupadvertise, advertize, promote, push

10. press (creation) press from a plastic


SamplesPress a record.


Synonymspress out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)cast, mold, mould

11. press (contact) make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby


Samples`Now push hard,' said the doctor to the woman.


Synonymspush


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)force, push

12. press (contact) press and smooth with a heated iron


SamplesPress your shirts.
She stood there ironing.


Synonymsiron, iron out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)press


Narrower (hyponym)mangle


Entailheat, heat up

13. press (competition) lift weights


SamplesThis guy can press 300 pounds.


Synonymsweight-lift, weightlift


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)exercise, work out

14. press (communication) ask for or request earnestly


SamplesThe prophet bid all people to become good persons.


Synonymsadjure, beseech, bid, conjure, entreat


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)plead









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