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 The word "press" usually describes the gentle motion of putting a finger to or on something and pushing it.

  • He’s pressing a button on the machine.

pressing a button

Sometimes we use the word "press" to describe the act of using an iron:

  • My pants are wrinkled. They need to be pressed.


"Press" also means to influence or pressure a person into doing something:

  • She’s pressing him to sign the contract.


When the word "press" is used as a noun, it refers to the business of journalism, particularly newspapers.

  • There was a story in the press yesterday about tax cuts given to billionaires.


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First published on August 24, 2012

Updated on September 19, 2017.

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