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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Demanding immediate attention; urgent: a pressing need. See Synonyms at urgent.
  • adj. Very earnest or persistent; insistent: a pressing invitation.
  • n. The process or an instance of applying pressure by means of a press.
  • n. A phonograph record pressed from a master mold or matrix.
  • n. A number of recordings pressed at the same time.
  • n. Urgent solicitation; insistence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Needing urgent attention.
  • adj. Insistent, earnest, or persistent.
  • n. The application of pressure by a press or other means.
  • n. A metal or plastic part made with a press.
  • n. The process of improving the appearance of clothing by improving creases and removing wrinkles with a press or an iron.
  • n. A memento preserved by pressing, folding, or drying between the leaves of a flat container, book, or folio. Usually done with a flower, ribbon, letter, or other soft, small keepsake.
  • n. The extraction of juice from fruit using a press.
  • n. A phonograph record; a number of records pressed at the same time.
  • n. Urgent insistence.
  • v. Present participle of press.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Urgent; exacting; importunate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of one who presses; pressure.
  • n. What is expressed or squeezed out; what comes from a substance under pressure, as oil, juice, etc.
  • Requiring instant attention or action; urgent.
  • n. In ceramics, the process of forming vessels with plastic clay, in a mold or on a jigger, by hand.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure
  • adj. compelling immediate action
  • n. a metal or plastic part that is made by a mechanical press

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Examples

  • It is also the first step in what they call pressing the reset button.

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  • "Women at high risk of developing ovarian cancer should consult with their doctors about a monitoring protocol or preventive surgery," Tenenbaum said, calling out what she identified as a pressing need for research into better screening options.

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  • He was barely able to drive because the pain pressing the accelerator with his foot was unbelievable.

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  • I agree that there is a some charm to its playfulness; but from the one issue, I don't see it as work in pressing need of collection.

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  • The Obama administration faces a balancing act in pressing Beijing to stop the deals and limit Chinese investments in Iran's energy industry.

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  • What makes the issue more pressing is that drilling technology is able to drill deeper and deeper – and the pressures involved at ever greater depths put increasing stress on the equipment to the point where, as is apparent with the BP disaster, stopping the flow of oil in the case of a failure becomes extraordinarily difficult and exceedingly expensive, as well as time-consuming.

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  • With respect to Iraq, I think the degree to which the Kurdish population within Iraq feels effectively represented within the central government in Baghdad, to the extent that we can resolve some long-term pressing issues like Kirkuk, the more I think that Kurds will recognize that their interests are not in supporting any kind of military activity, but rather in working through conflicts politically in a way that allows everybody to be prosperous.

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  • Stern has just hired attorney Len Wood, who made his name pressing defamation suits for JonBenet Ramsey's parents.

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  • Then he smiled, the expression pressing lines into his doughy face.

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  • Nonetheless, Daniels has made it clear he intends to spend his second term pressing for lasting changes that will continue to propel Indiana forward.

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