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Origin of press1
OTHER WORDS FROM presspress·a·ble, adjective
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Definition for press (2 of 3)
verb (used with object)
Origin of press2
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What is a basic definition of press?
Press means to apply force to something or to move something to a certain spot or position. Press is also used as a noun to refer to the media or media coverage. Press has many other senses as a verb and a noun.
Press means to apply steady force to something, often with a finger or hand. For example, you press the power button on a remote control to turn a TV on.
- Real-life examples: You press the buttons on a microwave to make it work. A person must press the keys on a keyboard in order to type on a computer.
- Used in a sentence: Janelle pressed the pause button on the controller before getting a snack.
Press can also mean to use force to move something into a specific position.
- Real-life examples: Prison guards may press prisoners against a wall in order to search them. People press their hands together when praying. A customer might press their movie ticket against the glass of a teller’s booth to show that they bought one.
- Used in a sentence: My friend pressed the poster against the wall while I taped it down.
The word press is used as a noun to collectively refer to all the newspapers, TV programs, radio shows, and other means of communication that make up the news media. The people who work for organizations that produce these communications are also referred to as the press.
- Real-life examples: Politicians, athletes, scientists, and police often answer questions from the press. Citizens rely on the press for accurate news and to learn about what is happening in the world.
- Used in a sentence: The senator refused to talk to the press.
In a similar sense, the word press also refers to the stories and other communications that news media create to inform their audience.
- Used in a sentence: His son’s acts of charity always provided good press for the mayor.
Where does press come from?
The first records of press come from around 1175. Both the noun and verb senses of press ultimately come from the Latin verb pressāre.
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What are some other forms related to press?
- pressable (adjective)
What are some synonyms for press?
What are some words that share a root or word element with press?
What are some words that often get used in discussing press?
How is press used in real life?
Press is a very common word that often refers to applying force to things or the news media.
Driving with my parents is like driving with an air-horn pressed against my ear
— rome (@RSansone12) May 5, 2013
Mark Zuckerberg is taking questions from the press, but the Q&A session isn't being live streamed.
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) March 7, 2013
*me re-reading my own tweet with a spelling error that wasn’t there when I pressed send* pic.twitter.com/jXLLPf9ENy
— sharine taylor 🇯🇲 (@shharine) February 26, 2021
Try using press!
Is press used correctly in the following sentence?
The doctor gently pressed the stethoscope against the patient’s chest to listen for a heat beat.
Example sentences from the Web for press
Apple has removed the ability of the watch to sense deep presses on the screen, a feature it called 3D Touch on all previous models.Apple Watch Series 6 first impressions: A stretchy addition looks great|Aaron Pressman|September 17, 2020|Fortune
Still, a lightning storm of 11,000 lightning strikes struck the San Francisco Bay Area in mid-august and ignited over 367 new fires, says Cal Fire’s division chief Jeremy Rahn in a press release.West Coast wildfire smoke is visible from outer space|María Paula Rubiano A.|September 16, 2020|Popular Science
Navigating your phone and typingA long press on any app icon on the home screen on Android or iOS will reveal some useful time-saving shortcuts.Get around your phone more quickly than you already are|David Nield|September 16, 2020|Popular Science
As of press time, here is a guide to some of the LGBTQ programs that are on the calendar.
At a press conference Friday, the Union-Tribune reports, Assemblyman Todd Gloria urged the city to investigate what happened and urged NBC 7 to be transparent about its own efforts to understand how it got duped.
Cambodia, with its seemingly free press, is also a haven for foreign journalists.
Sadly, it appears the American press often doesn't need any outside help when it comes to censoring themselves.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This time it would be the biggest mistake for the Western press to repeat that—absolutely the biggest mistake.
But the most important point I want to make is about what the press does now.
And finally, this is who most of our political press is—gullible enough to be surprised by either of the first two.
If the "Y" Beach lot press their advantage they may cut off the enemy troops on the toe of the Peninsula.
"We will go to the Hotel de l'Europe, if you press it;" and away the cabriolet joggled over the roughly paved street.
He does well to be proud of his men and of the way they played up to-day when he called upon them to press back the enemy.
He was to pay one third of the amount before the book went to press, the balance he was to pay within a reasonable time.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
Here, Mr. Slocum paused to wipe his spectacles, and the wife seized the opportunity to press the question.
British Dictionary definitions for press (1 of 2)
- news media and agencies collectively, esp newspapers
- (as modifier)a press matter; press relations
Word Origin for press
British Dictionary definitions for press (2 of 2)
Word Origin for press
Idioms and Phrases with press
In addition to the idioms beginning with press
- pressed for time
- press into service
- press on
- press one's luck
- press the flesh
- hard pressed
- hot off the press
- push (press) one's luck
- push (press) someone's buttons
Also see underpush.