- presspress1 [pres]vt.[ME pressen < MFr presser < L pressare, freq. of premere, to press < IE base * per-, to strike > OSlav p'rati, to strike]1. to act on with steady force or weight; push steadily against; squeeze2. to depress or touch (a button, key, etc.) as in using an elevator, keyboard, etc.3.a) to extract juice, etc. from by squeezingb) to squeeze (juice, etc.) out4.a) to squeeze for the purpose of making smooth, compact, etc.; compressb) to iron (clothes, etc.), esp. with a heavy iron or steam machine5. to embrace closely6. to force; compel; constrain7. to urge or request earnestly or persistently; entreat; importune8. to impose by persistent entreaty; try to force [to press a gift on a friend]9. to lay stress on; be insistent about; emphasize10. to distress or trouble; harass11. to urge on; drive quickly12. to shape (a phonograph record, metal or plastic products, etc.) by use of a form or matrix13. Archaic to crowd; throng14. Obs. OPPRESSvi.1. to exert pressure; specif.,a) to weigh down; bear heavilyb) to go forward with energetic or determined effortc) to force one's wayd) to crowd; thronge) to be urgent or insistentf) to try too hard [he strikes out often because he is pressing]2. to react to being pressed, or ironed [this fabric presses well]3. to iron clothes, etc.n.1. a pressing or being pressed; pressure, urgency, etc.2. a crowd; throng3. an instrument or machine by which something is crushed, squeezed, stamped, smoothed, etc. by pressure4. a viselike device in which a tennis racket, etc. can be stored to keep it from warping5. the condition of clothes as to smoothness, creases, etc. after pressing6.a) short for PRINTING PRESSb) a printing or publishing establishmentc) the art, business, or practice of printingd) newspapers, magazines, news services, etc. in general, or the persons who write for them; journalism or journalistse) publicity, criticism, etc. in newspapers, magazines, etc. [to receive a bad press]7. an upright closet in which clothes or other articles are kept☆ 8. Basketball a defensive tactic in which offensive players are guarded very closely, usually over the full court9. Weight Lifting a lift in which the barbell or weight is pushed away from the body using the arms or legsSYN.- URGE——————go to pressto start to be printed or to begin printingpress2 [pres]vt.[altered (infl. by PRESS1) < obs prest, to enlist for military service by advance pay < OFr prester < L praestare, to vouch for, warrant < praes, surety (< prae-, PRE- + vas, bail, surety: for IE base see WED) + stare, to STAND]1. to force into military or naval service; impress2. to force or urge into any kind of service3. to use in a way different from the ordinary, esp. in an emergencyn.1. an impressment, or forcing into service, esp. naval or military service2. Obs. an order for impressing recruits
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.