press


press
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press [1] VERB 1) move into a position of contact with something by exerting continuous physical force. 2) exert continuous physical force on (something), especially to operate a device. 3) apply pressure to (something) to flatten or shape it. 4) move in a specified direction by pushing. 5) (press on/ahead) continue in one's action. 6) forcefully put forward (an opinion or claim). 7) make strong efforts to persuade or force to do something. 8) extract (juice or oil) by crushing or squeezing fruit, vegetables, etc. 9) (of time) be short. 10) (be pressed to do) have difficulty doing. 11) Weightlifting raise (a weight) by gradually pushing it upwards from the shoulders.
NOUN 1) a device for applying pressure in order to flatten or shape something or to extract juice or oil. 2) a printing press. 3) (the press) (treated as sing. or pl. ) newspapers or journalists collectively. 4) coverage in newspapers and magazines. 5) a printing or publishing business. 6) a closely packed mass of people or things.
go to press — Cf. ↑go to press
press (the) flesh — Cf. ↑press the flesh
ORIGIN Latin pressare 'keep pressing' .
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press [2] VERB 1) (press into) put to a specified use, especially as a makeshift measure. 2) historical force to enlist in the army or navy.
ORIGIN alteration of obsolete prest «pay given on enlistment» (by association with PRESS(Cf. ↑press)), from Latin praestare 'provide' .

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