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press (make)

Definition:

to create by pressing

Class:

creation verb (sewing, baking, painting, performing, etc.)

Past tense:

pressed

Present participle:

pressing

3rd-person singular present:

presses

Type of:

make

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

press little holes into the soft clay

Etymology:

"press (Noun)": "crowd, multitude", from Old French presse (11th ... | "press...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of press...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

press | press charges [sense-specific] | printing press [sense-specific] | at the press [sense-specific] | to press [sense-specific] | the press [sense-specific] | iron [synonym, sense-specific] | urge [synonym, sense-specific] | throng [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to apply or exert weight, force, or steady pressure on | [transitive] to squeeze or compress so as to alter in shape or form | to apply heat or ... (27 of 1009 words, 36 definitions, 17 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

press | Press | press the flesh [sense-specific] | go to press [sense-specific] | printing press [sense-specific] | a pressing or pushing forward [sense-specific] | pressure or urgency, as of affairs or business [sense-specific]

to act upon with steadily applied weight or force. | to move by weight or force in a certain direction or into a certain position. | to compress or ... (27 of 745 words, 53 definitions, 22 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Oxford Dictionary:

press [entry 1] | the | press on/ahead | press something on/upon | be pressed | be pressed to do something | the press | go to press | press charges | ...

move or cause to move into a position of contact with something by exerting continuous physical force | exert continuous physical force on ... (22 of 672 words, 35 definitions, 30 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/press

press [entry 2] | press someone/thing into

| "press someone/thing into" : put someone or something to a specified use, especially as a temporary or makeshift measure | [historical] : force (a ... (23 of 110 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/press--2

American Heritage Dictionary:

press | pressed [past tense] | pressing [present participle] | presses [3rd-person singular present]

To exert steady weight or force against; bear down on. | To squeeze the juice or other contents from. | To extract (juice, for example) by squeezing ... (25 of 561 words, 47 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

press [verb] | pressed [past tense] | pressing [present participle] | presses [3rd-person singular present] | press home your advantage | press someone's arm/hand | press charges against someone | press the flesh | press something home | ...

[intransitive/transitive] to push one thing against another ; [transitive] ... | [intransitive] to move as a group by pushing together in a particular ... (22 of 520 words, 15 definitions, 20 usage examples, pronunciation)

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press | presses [plural] | the press | a bad/good press | go to press

"the press": newspapers and news magazines ; journalists and photographers ... | [countable] a machine used for printing newspapers, books, or ... (20 of 335 words, 10 definitions, 16 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

press

to act on with steady force or weight; push steadily against; squeeze | to depress or touch (a button, key, etc.) as in using an elevator, keyboard, ... (26 of 454 words, 31 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

press | pressed [past tense] | prest [past tense] | pressing [present participle] | presses [3rd-person singular present] | closet [synonym, sense-specific] | cupboard [synonym, sense-specific] | wardrobe [British, synonym, sense-specific] | printing press [synonym, sense-specific]

[countable] A device used to apply pressure to an item. | [uncountable] A collective term for the print based media (both the people and the newspapers) | [countable] A publisher. | [countable, Ireland and Scotland] An enclosed storage space (eg... (37 of 270 words, 21 definitions, 20 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/press

Merriam-Webster:

press [entry 1, noun] | military press [entry 1, sense-specific] | closet [synonym, sense-specific] | throng [synonym, sense-specific] | pressure [synonym, sense-specific] | journalism [synonym, sense-specific] | cupboard [synonym, sense-specific]

a crowd or crowded condition; "throng" ; a thronging or crowding forward or together | an apparatus or machine by which a substance is cut or shaped, ... (26 of 257 words, 9 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/press

press [entry 2, verb] | press the flesh | squeeze [synonym, sense-specific] | beseech [synonym, sense-specific] | mass [synonym, sense-specific] | contend [synonym, sense-specific] | assail [synonym, sense-specific] | entreat [synonym, sense-specific] | harass [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to act upon through steady pushing or thrusting force exerted in contact; "squeeze" | "assail", "harass" ; "afflict", "oppress" | to squeeze out the ... (22 of 223 words, 17 definitions)

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press [entry 3, verb] | impress [synonym, sense-specific] | commandeer [synonym, sense-specific]

to force into service especially in an army or navy; "impress" | to take by authority especially for public use; "commandeer" ; to take and force into ... (26 of 69 words, 3 definitions)

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press [entry 4, noun]

impressment into service especially in a navy | [obsolete] a warrant for impressing recruits (13 of 26 words, 2 definitions)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

press [entry 1]

to push something firmly, often without causing it to move permanently further away from you | to make clothes smooth by ironing them | to put a ... (25 of 135 words, 5 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/press 1

press [entry 2] | press charges | press a case/claim | press a case | press a claim

to try hard to persuade someone to do something | "press charges": to complain officially about someone in a court of law | "press a case/claim": to ... (25 of 88 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/press 2

press [entry 3] | the press

"the press": newspapers and magazines, and those parts of television and ... | [singular or U] the judgment that is given of someone or something in ... (25 of 131 words, 2 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

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press [entry 4]

a business which prints and produces books and similar things (10 of 20 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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press [entry 5] | go to press

a machine that is used for printing | "go to press": to start to be printed (15 of 32 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/press 5

press [entry 6]

a firm push against something using the fingers | [singular] when you make cloth smooth with an iron | a piece of equipment which is used to put ... (26 of 73 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Pressing [disambiguation]

may refer to: Pressing plant, process for producing vinyl (sound recording) records | Pressing (execution), a method of execution | Pressing (wine), the extraction of juice from crushed grapes during wine making | Expeller pressing or oil pressing, a ... (36 of 141 words, 9 definitions)

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Encarta Dictionary:

press [entry 1] | presses [plural] | pressed [past tense] | pressing [present participle]

to use a steady and significant force to put weight on something, sometimes to make it move or start working | to squeeze the juice or oil out of ... (28 of 841 words, 30 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861737126​/definition​.html  [offline]

press [entry 2] | pressed [past tense] | pressing [present participle] | presses [3rd-person singular present]

to forcibly recruit somebody into military service | to take somebody or something out of its intended place or function and put it to a different use ... (26 of 102 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861737123​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

press

First use: about 1300

Origin: "press (Noun)": "crowd, multitude", from Old French presse (11th ... | "press (verb1)": "push against", early 14th century, from Old French ... (22 of 278 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

press | pressed [past tense] | prest [past tense] | pressing [present participle] | presses [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English presse ("throng, crowd, clothespress"), partially from Old English press ("clothespress"), from ... | Middle English pressen ("to crowd, thring, press"), from Old French presser ("to press") (Modern French ... (29 of 130 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

press

Origin: Middle English pressen from Middle French presser from Latin ... | altered (influenced by "press") from obs prest, to enlist for ... (20 of 72 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

press | pressed [past tense] | pressing [present participle] | presses [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English pressen, from Old French presser, from Latin ... | Alteration of obsolete prest, to hire for military service by ... (20 of 65 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

press

First use: 14th century | 16th century

Origin: pressen, from Old French presser, from Latin pressāre, from premere to press | back formation from prest to recruit ... (22 of 29 etymology words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/press

Oxford Dictionary:

press [entry 1] | the | press on/ahead | press something on/upon | be pressed | be pressed to do something | the press

Origin: Middle English: from Old French presse (noun), presser (verb), from Latin pressare "keep pressing", frequentative of premere

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/press

press [entry 2] | press someone/thing into

First use: late 16th century

Origin: alteration (by association with "press1") of obsolete prest 'pay given on enlistment, enlistment by such payment', from Old French ... (22 of 31 etymology words)

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Merriam-Webster:

press [entry 1, noun]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English presse, from Anglo-French, from presser to press

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/press

press [entry 2, verb]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French presser, from Latin pressare, frequentative of premere to press; probably akin to Russian naperet' to press

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press [entry 3, verb]

First use: 1578

Origin: alteration of obsolete prest to enlist by giving pay in advance

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Encarta Dictionary:

press [entry 1] | presses [plural] | pressed [past tense] | pressing [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French from Latin pressare "keep on pressing" from press-, past participle of premere "press"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861737126​/definition​.html  [offline]

press [entry 2] | pressed [past tense] | pressing [present participle] | presses [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Alteration (influenced by press [entry 1]) of obsolete prest "enlist by paying in advance", via French from Latin praestare from stare "to stand"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861737123​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

press | pressed [past tense] | prest [past tense] | pressing [present participle] | presses [3rd-person singular present]

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "press"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "press"

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Collins Dictionary:

press

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "press"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

press [verb] | pressed [past tense] | pressing [present participle] | presses [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "press"

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press | presses [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "press"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

press [verb] | pressed [past tense] | pressing [present participle] | presses [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "press"

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press [noun] | presses [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "press"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

press [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "press"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "press"

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the Free Dictionary:

press

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "press"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "press"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "press" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

press | presses [plural] | pressed [past tense] | pressing [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "press"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

press

Audio: North American pronunciation of "press"

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YourDictionary Audio:

press

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freedictionary.org:

Press

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