Synonyms of press in English:


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1‘press the paper firmly on to the type’

push, push down, press down, thumb, depress, bear down on, lean on, lower, pin, pinion, hold down, force, ram, thrust, cram, squeeze, compress, wedge

2‘the brown suit had been brushed and pressed’

smooth, iron, smooth out, remove creases from, put creases in
steam, calender

3‘tips on how to press flowers’

flatten, make flat, smooth out

4‘friends come in to help us gather and press the grapes’

crush, squeeze, squash, compress, mash, pulp, reduce, clamp, pack down, tamp, condense, compact, trample, stamp, tread, grind, mill, pound, pulverize, macerate

5‘she pressed the child to her bosom’

clasp, hold close, hug, cuddle, squeeze, crush, enfold, clutch, grasp, embrace

6‘Winnie pressed his hand’

squeeze, give something a squeeze, grip, clutch, pinch

7‘the crowd pressed round for a better view’

cluster, gather
converge, congregate, flock, push forward, swarm, throng, crowd, seethe, surge, rush

8‘the government was able to press its claim for recognition’

plead, urge, advance insistently, file, prefer, lodge, tender, present, place, lay, submit, put forward

9‘you should press him to undertake the most careful inquiry’

urge, pressure, put pressure on, pressurize, force, drive, impel, push, coerce, nag
lean on, prevail on
dragoon into, steamroller into, browbeat into, use strong-arm tactics on, have someone do something
informal put the heat on, put the screws on, twist someone's arm, railroad into, bulldoze into

10‘workers were pressed into accepting new contracts’

pressurize, pressure, push, goad, dragoon, steamroller, browbeat, importune, wheedle, cajole, sway, argue, talk
informal railroad, bulldoze

11‘our campaigns include pressing for a ban on the ivory trade’

call, ask, clamour, push, make a claim, campaign
insist on, demand


1‘he printed his poems on his own press’

printing press, printing machine

2‘a private press prints solely what it chooses to print’

publishing house, publishing company, printing business, printing establishment, printing firm, printing house

3the press‘rumours began to appear in the press’

the media, the newspapers, the papers, the news media, journalism, the newspaper world, the newspaper business, the print media, the fourth estate
journalists, newspapermen, newsmen, newspaper women, reporters, columnists, commentariat, pressmen, presswomen
informal journos, hacks, hackettes, newshounds
North American informal newsies
dated publicists
British dated Fleet Street

4‘the company has had its share of bad press’

reports, press treatment, press coverage, press reporting, press articles, press reviews, press write-ups


    press on

    ‘the team regrouped and pressed on’

    proceed, keep going, continue, carry on, move forward, move along, advance, make progress, make headway, press ahead, forge ahead, forge on, push on, go on, keep on, not give up, struggle on, hammer away, be persistent, be pertinacious, persevere, persist, keep at it, be determined, show determination, stay with it, be tenacious, go the distance, stay the course, plod on, plough on, grind away, follow something through, see something through
    informal soldier on, hang on, plug away, peg away, stick at it, stick it out, hang in there
    be pressed for

    ‘you should never need to arrange interviews when you are pressed for time’

    have too little, be short of, have barely enough, have an insufficiency of, have insufficient, lack, be lacking, be lacking in, be wanting, be deficient in, be deprived of, be low on, need, be in need of, stand in need of
    informal be strapped for