"pressing" in the noun sense
1. press, pressure, pressing
the act of pressing the exertion of pressure
"he gave the button a press"
"he used pressure to stop the bleeding"
"at the pressing of a button"
a metal or plastic part that is made by a mechanical press
"pressing" in the verb sense
exert pressure or force to or upon
"He pressed down on the boards"
"press your thumb on this spot"
2. urge, urge on, press, exhort
force or impel in an indicated direction
"I urged him to finish his studies"
3. weigh, press
to be oppressive or burdensome
"weigh heavily on the mind"
"Something pressed on his mind"
place between two surfaces and apply weight or pressure
5. compress, constrict, squeeze, compact, contract, press
squeeze or press together
"she compressed her lips"
"the spasm contracted the muscle"
"The crowds pressed along the street"
create by pressing
"Press little holes into the soft clay"
"This is a pressing problem"
9. crusade, fight, press, campaign, push, agitate
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
"The liberal party pushed for reforms"
"She is crusading for women's rights"
"The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate"
10. press, press out
press from a plastic
"press a record"
11. press, push
make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby
"`Now push hard,' said the doctor to the woman"
12. iron, iron out, press
press and smooth with a heated iron
"press your shirts"
"she stood there ironing"
13. weight-lift, weightlift, press
"This guy can press 300 pounds"
14. bid, beseech, entreat, adjure, press, conjure
ask for or request earnestly
"The prophet bid all people to become good persons"
"pressing" in the adjective sense
1. pressing, urgent
compelling immediate action
"too pressing to permit of longer delay"
"the urgent words `Hurry! Hurry!'"
"bridges in urgent need of repair"
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