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1press/ˈprɛs/noun
pluralpresses
1press
/ˈprɛs/
noun
pluralpresses
Learner's definition of PRESS  
[noncount]  : newspapers, magazines, and radio and television news reports — often used before another noun
   b  the press  : the people (such as reporters and photographers) who work for newspapers, magazines, etc.
— see also press conference
   c  — used to talk about how often or how well or badly someone or something is described in newspapers, magazines, etc.
[noncount]
[singular]
[count]  : printing press
— see also hot off the press at 1hot
   b  [noncount]  : the act or the process of being printed
   c  [count]  : a printing or publishing business
[count]  : a machine that uses pressure to shape, flatten, or squeeze something
[count]  : the act of pushing or flattening something with your finger or hand or with a device (such as an iron) — usually singular
[singular]  : a large group of people gathered together in one place : crowd — often + of
— see also full-court press
2press/ˈprɛs/verb
pressespressedpressing
2press
/ˈprɛs/
verb
pressespressedpressing
Learner's definition of PRESS  
: to push (something) with strong or steady force
[+ object]
[no object]
   b  : to push (something, such as a button or lever on a machine) with your finger or hand
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object]  : to force or try to persuade (someone) to do something especially by repeatedly asking for it to be done
[+ object]  : to repeat (something) often in a way that is annoying to show that it is very important
[+ object]  : to flatten or smooth out (something) with your hand, an iron, etc.
[+ object]  : to push down on a fruit or vegetable to make juice come out of it
always followed by an adverb or preposition[no object]  : to continue moving forward in a forceful or steady way
   b  : to continue to do something especially in a determined way
[no object]
— usually + on or ahead
[+ object]
always followed by an adverb or preposition[no object]  : to crowd closely around or against someone or something : to move in a large group toward or near someone or something

press charges

: to take legal action against someone : to officially accuse someone of a crime

press for

[phrasal verb]
press for (something) 
: to make a demand for (something)

press on

[phrasal verb]alsopress upon
press (something) on/upon (someone) 
: to force (someone) to take or accept (something)
— see also 2press 6b (above)

press (someone or something) into service

: to use (someone or something) for a particular job or purpose when a special need occurs

press the flesh

informal
: to greet and shake hands with people especially while campaigning for a political office
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