press1 W2S2 [pres] n
2 get/be given a bad press
3 get/have a good press
7 go to press
1.) ¦(NEWS)¦
a) the press [also + plural verb British English]
people who write reports for newspapers, radio, or television
the freedom of the press
The press have been very nasty about him.
b) reports in newspapers and on radio and television
To judge from the press, the concert was a great success.
press reports
The band has received good press coverage (=the reports written about something in newspapers) .
local/national etc press
The story was widely covered in the national press.
tabloid/popular etc press
2.) get/be given a bad press
to be criticized in the newspapers or on radio or television
The government 's policy on mental health care is getting an increasingly bad press.
3.) get/have a good press
to be praised in the newspapers or on radio or television
Our recycling policy is getting a good press.
4.) ¦(PRINTING)¦
a) a business that prints and sometimes also sells books
the Clarendon Press
b) also printing press
a machine that prints books, newspapers, or magazines
5.) ¦(MACHINE)¦
a piece of equipment used to put weight on something in order to make it flat or to force liquid out of it
a trouser press
a flower press
6.) ¦(PUSH)¦ [C, usually singular]
especially BrE a light steady push against something small
Give the button another press.
7.) go to press
if a newspaper, magazine, or book goes to press, it begins to be printed
All information was correct at the time we went to press.
8.) ¦(CROWD)¦ [singular + of]
especially BrE a crowd of people pushing against each other
press 2
press2 W2S1 v
1¦(against something)¦
6¦(heavy weight)¦
7¦(hold somebody/something close)¦
8 press somebody's hand/arm
9 press charges
10 be pressed for time/cash etc
13 press somebody/something into service
14 press the flesh
15 press something home
16 press home your advantage
Phrasal verbs
 press on
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: presser, from Latin pressare, from premere 'to press'; PRINT2]
1.) ¦(AGAINST SOMETHING)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to push something firmly against a surface
= ↑push
Manville kept his back pressed flat against the wall.
She pressed the gas pedal and the car leapt forwards.
He pressed a card into her hand before leaving.
2.) ¦(BUTTON)¦ [T]
to push a button, switch etc to make a machine start, a bell ring etc
= ↑push
Lily pressed the switch and plunged the room into darkness.
Press control, alt, delete to log on to the computer.
3.) ¦(CLOTHES)¦ [T]
to make clothes smooth using a hot iron
= ↑iron
I'll need to press my suit.
4.) ¦(CROWD)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
to move in a particular direction by pushing
The car rocked as the crowd pressed hard against it.
5.) ¦(PERSUADE)¦ [I and T]
to try hard to persuade someone to do something, especially by asking them many times
I felt that if I had pressed him he would have lent me the money.
press sb to do sth
The police pressed her to remember all the details.
press sb for sth
The manufacturers are pressing the government for action.
press for
We must continue to press for full equality.
I was pressing my claim for custody of the child.
6.) ¦(HEAVY WEIGHT)¦ [T]
to put pressure or a weight on something to make it flat, crush it etc
pressed flowers
At this stage the grapes have to be pressed.
to hold someone or something close to you
press sb/sth to you
He reached out and pressed her to him.
8.) press sb's hand/arm
to hold someone's hand or arm tightly for a short time, to show friendship, sympathy etc
Sometimes he was too ill to speak, and just pressed my hand.
9.) press charges
to say officially that someone has done something illegal and must go to court
10.) be pressed for time/cash etc
to not have enough time, money etc
a government department that is pressed for both time and money
11.) ¦(GIVE)¦ [T]
to offer something to someone and try to make them take it
press sth on sb
I pressed money on him, but he refused to take it.
12.) ¦(EXERCISE)¦ [T]
to push a weight up from your chest using only your arms, without moving your legs or feet
13.) press sb/sth into service
to persuade someone to help you, or to use something to help you do something because of an unexpected problem or need
The army was pressed into service to fight the fires.
14.) press the flesh
to shake hands with a lot of people - used humorously
The President reached into the crowd to press the flesh.
15.) press sth home
a) to push something into its place
Jane slammed the door and pressed the bolt home.
b) to repeat or emphasize something, so that people remember it
He decided it was the time to press his point home.
16.) press home your advantage
to try to succeed completely, using an advantage that you have gained
17.) ¦(RECORD)¦ [T]
to make a copy of a record, ↑CD etc
be hard pressed to do sth athard2 (5)
press on phr v
also press ahead
to continue doing something, especially working, in a determined way
We'll talk about your suggestion later - now let's just press on.
press on with
Shall we press ahead with the minutes of the last meeting?

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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