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1    to apply or exert weight, force, or steady pressure on  
he pressed the button on the camera     
2    tr   to squeeze or compress so as to alter in shape or form  
3    to apply heat or pressure to (clothing) so as to smooth out or mark with creases; iron  
4    to make (objects) from soft material by pressing with a mould, form, etc., esp. to make gramophone records from plastic  
5    tr   to hold tightly or clasp, as in an embrace  
6    tr   to extract or force out (juice) by pressure (from)  
7    tr     (Weightlifting)   to lift (a weight) successfully with a press  
he managed to press 280 pounds     
8    tr   to force, constrain, or compel  
9    to importune or entreat (a person) insistently; urge  
they pressed for an answer     
10    to harass or cause harassment  
11    tr   to plead or put forward strongly or importunately  
to press a claim     
12    intr   to be urgent  
13    tr; usually passive   to have little of  
we're hard pressed for time     
14    when intr, often foll by: on or forward   to hasten or advance or cause to hasten or advance in a forceful manner  
15    intr   to crowd; throng; push  
16    tr   (formerly) to put to death or subject to torture by placing heavy weights upon  
17    tr  
Archaic   to trouble or oppress  
18    press charges   to bring charges against a person  
19    any machine that exerts pressure to form, shape, or cut materials or to extract liquids, compress solids, or hold components together while an adhesive joint is formed  
20       See       printing press  
21    the art or process of printing  
22    at or in (the) press   being printed  
23    to (the) press   to be printed  
when is this book going to press?     
24    the press  
a    news media and agencies collectively, esp. newspapers  
b    (as modifier)  
a press matter, press relations     
25    the press   those who work in the news media, esp. newspaper reporters and photographers  
26    the opinions and reviews in the newspapers, etc.  
the play received a poor press     
27    the act of pressing or state of being pressed  
28    the act of crowding, thronging, or pushing together  
29    a closely packed throng of people; crowd; multitude  
30    urgency or hurry in business affairs  
31    a cupboard, esp. a large one used for storing clothes or linen  
32    a wood or metal clamp or vice to prevent tennis rackets, etc., from warping when not in use  
33      (Weightlifting)   a lift in which the weight is raised to shoulder level and then above the head  
     (C14 pressen, from Old French presser, from Latin pressare, from premere to press)  
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= bad press: negative opinion or image expressed in the media
The firm got some negative press over that decision
purple dye sprayed by a police water cannon to mark the demonstrators for arrest. The purple substance was dubbed 'purple rain' by the press after an anti-apartheid protest held in Cape Town on September 2, 1989.
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