Origin of pressing
Synonyms for pressing
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of press1
Synonyms for press
verb (used with object)
Origin of press2
Related Words for pressingacute, insistent, crucial, demanding, compelling, vital, imperative, immediate, dire, serious, critical, distressing, instant, burning, requiring, exacting, crying, obliging, claiming, clamant
Examples from the Web for pressing
Contemporary Examples of pressing
Pressing the dodge button at the right time causes her to temporarily burst into an invincible flock of crows.Bayonetta Is Nintendo’s Graphic, Ass-Kicking Barbie
October 24, 2014
It's not a problem not most of us have, but for those who do, it's a pressing social issue.How To Fire Your Maid, By A Russian Oligarch
October 1, 2014
Alamuddin, 36, has a pressing work schedule back in London as well.After the Wedding: George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin in Venice
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 28, 2014
She was relentless in pressing her husband and other officials to take risks and do what was right for the country.Channeling Eleanor
September 9, 2014
I saw our domestically focused agencies devote a substantial portion of their budgets to their pressing needs.Billie Holiday, Barack Obama, and the Pain of Black Women
June 22, 2014
Historical Examples of pressing
A matter of most pressing importance is the revision of the tariff.
A hundred doubts and fears were pressing upon him, and—the second bell rang.Life in London
After pressing it upon him, he at length took a portion of it.Ridgeway
The problem of days' journeys was not pressing at this moment.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
The pressing of this ball actuates a detonator inside the flask I carry in my pocket.The Secret Agent
- news media and agencies collectively, esp newspapers
- (as modifier)a press matter; press relations
Word Origin for press
Word Origin for press
"exerting pressure," mid-14c., present participle adjective from press (v.1). Sense of "urgent, compelling, forceful" is from 1705. Related: Pressingly.
c.1300, presse, "crowd, throng, company; crowding and jostling of a throng; a massing together," from Old French presse (n.) "throng, crush, crowd; wine or cheese press" (11c.), from Latin pressare (see press (v.1)). Late Old English had press "clothes press."
Meaning "device for pressing cloth" is from late 14c., as is also the sense "device to squeeze juice from grapes, oil from olives, cider from apples, etc.," from Middle French presse. Specific sense "machine for printing" is from 1530s; this was extended to publishing houses by 1570s and to publishing generally (in phrases like freedom of the press) from c.1680. This gradually shifted c.1800-1820 to "periodical publishing, journalism." The press, meaning "journalists collectively" is attested from 1921 (though superseded by media since the rise of television, etc.).
Press agent is from 1873; press conference is attested from 1931, though the thing itself dates to at least World War I. Press secretary is recorded from 1940. Via the sense "crowd, throng," Middle English in press meant "in public," a coincidental parallel to the modern phrase in the press. Weightlifting sense is from 1908. The basketball defense so called from 1959 (in full-court press).
"push against," early 14c., "to clasp, embrace;" mid-14c. "to squeeze out;" also "to cluster, gather in a crowd;" late 14c., "to press against, exert pressure," also "assault, assail;" also "forge ahead, push one's way, move forward," from Old French presser "squeeze, press upon; torture" (13c.), from Latin pressare "to press," frequentative formation from pressus, past participle of premere "to press, hold fast, cover, crowd, compress," from PIE *per- (4) "to strike." Related: Pressed; pressing. Figurative sense is from late 14c. Meaning "to urge, argue for" is from 1590s.
"force into service," 1570s, alteration (by association with press (v.1)) of prest (mid-14c.) "engage by loan, pay in advance," especially money paid to a soldier or sailor on enlisting, from Latin praestare "to stand out, stand before; fulfill, perform, provide," from prae- "before" (see pre-) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Related to praesto (adv.) "ready, available." Related: Pressed; pressing.
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.