To exert weight or force against; bear down upon; act upon with weight or force; weigh heavily upon.To compress; squeeze: as, to press fruit for the purpose of extracting the juice.To clasp; hold in an embrace.To reduce to a particular shape or form by pressure: as, to press cloth with an iron; to press a hat.To drive or thrust by pressure; force in a certain direction: as, to press a crowd back.To weigh upon; oppress; trouble.To constrain or force to a certain end or result; urge strongly; impel.To hasten; bring to pass or execute hastily.To urge; beseech; entreat.To seek earnestly; make request for; solicit.To thrust upon others; enforce; impose.To inculcate; impress upon the mind; urge as a doctrine, truth, fact, or rule of conduct.To lay stress upon; attach special importance to; emphasize.To throng; fill with a crowd or press.To print.To exert pressure or weight; specifically, to bear heavily.To strain or strive eagerly; advance with eagerness or energetic efforts; hasten.To crowd; throng.To advance with force; encroach.To approach unseasonably or importunately; obtrude one's self.To importune.To exert pressure, as by influence or moral force.n. The act of urging or pushing forward; a crowding or thronging.n. A crowd; throng; multitude.n. Abundance; plenty.n. Pressure; the exertion of force; compulsion.n. A critical situation; a position of danger or embarrassment; the state of being beset.n. Urgency; urgent demands of affairs: as, press of business.n. An instrument or machine by which anything is subjected to pressure (especially if the pressure is great), as by the use of hand-levers, the screw, hydraulic agency, or steam-power.n. In the Jacquard loom, the mechanism which actuates the cylinder or prism and its cards to press back the needles or wires which are not to act, so as to disengage them from the lifting-bar.n. Specifically, a machine for printing; a printing-press; hence, collectively, the agencies employed in producing printed matter.n. The art of printing; hence, those who are engaged in printing or publishing.n. That which is printed; the sum total of printed literature: specifically applied to newspapers and other periodical publications.n. An upright case or cupboard in which clothes, books, china, or other articles are kept; specifically, in libraries, a bookcase, or a set of bookshelves.n. In photography, same as printing-frame.n. A printing-press used for printing cards.To force into service, especially into military or naval service; impress.To act as a press-gang; force persons into military or naval service.n. An order or commission to impress men into public service, particularly into the army or navy.In golf, to strive to hit the ball harder than usual, or harder than it can be hit with accuracy, in order to gain greater distance.n. A machine for forming, shaping, or working metal by stamping, drawing, or cutting.n. A chitinous structure with attached pyramidal muscles in the silk-duct of lepidopterous and trichopterous larvæ (and certain hymenopterous larvæ as well) which serves to regulate the diameter of the silk threads and the amount of gum surrounding them.