verb (used with object), pres·sured, pres·sur·ing.
Origin of pressure
Related Words for pressuringpress, push, constrain, compel, insist, sell, rush, drive, impel, squeeze, politick
Examples from the Web for pressuring
Contemporary Examples of pressuring
So much of what is considered “romantic” is actually inappropriate, pressuring, or unnerving.Public Marriage Proposals Must Die
December 28, 2014
Next target: Pressuring Federal Express to remove its name from the stadium.So Redskins Sponsor FedEx Is OK With That Racist Team Name, Too?
June 20, 2014
Sometimes this amounts to nothing more than pressuring friends into listening to a song we desperately love.The ‘SNL’ Race Controversy: Why Leslie Jones Can Say What She Likes
May 6, 2014
He said it to both the sisters, but Shelley felt he was pressuring her.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis
Richard Ben Cramer
January 11, 2014
Minutes after arriving in the compound Elkin was surrounded by worshipers, students and mosque guards, pressuring him to leave.The Start of a Druze Intifada?
July 18, 2013
Historical Examples of pressuring
You're holding our radioactives off the market, pressuring the government for a price rise which it can't afford.Medal of Honor
Dallas McCord Reynolds
Five is somewhat better, the sky is pressuring evening and, by six, is big with shadows that foresee the coming dark.The Land of Look Behind
Paul Cameron Brown
I hope you didn't think I was probing into your personal affairs or pressuring you too severely.Warren Commission (8 of 26): Hearings Vol. VIII (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Word Origin for pressure
late 14c., "suffering, anguish; act or fact of pressing on the mind or heart," from Old French presseure "oppression; torture; anguish; press" (for wine or cheeses), "instrument of torture" (12c.) and directly from Latin pressura "action of pressing," from pressus, past participle of premere "to press" (see press (v.1)).
Literal meaning "act or fact of pressing" in a physical sense is attested from early 15c. Meaning "moral or mental coercing force" is from 1620s; meaning "urgency" is from 1812. Scientific sense in physics is from 1650s. Pressure cooker is attested from 1915; figurative sense is from 1958. Pressure point is attested from 1876. Pressure-treated, of woods, is from 1911.
"to pressurize," 1886, American English, from pressure (n.). Meaning "to exert pressure on" (someone) is attested by 1922. Related: Pressured; pressuring.