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  • IPA(key): /ˈpɹɛsɪŋ/
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pressing (comparative more pressing, superlative most pressing)

  1. Needing urgent attention.
    • 2013, Luke Harding and Uki Goni, Argentina urges UK to hand back Falklands and 'end colonialism (in The Guardian, 3 January 2013)[1]
      Argentinians support the "Malvinas" cause, which is written into the constitution. But they are also worried about pressing economic problems such as inflation, rising crime and corruption.
    • 1841, Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge, ch. 75,
      “I come on business.—Private,” he added, with a glance at the man who stood looking on, “and very pressing business.”
  2. Insistent, earnest, or persistent.
    • 1891, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 2,
      You are very pressing, Basil, but I am afraid I must go.
    • 1908, Joseph Conrad, "The Duel,"
      He was pressing and persuasive.


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pressing (plural pressings)

  1. The application of pressure by a press or other means.
  2. A metal or plastic part made with a press.
  3. The process of improving the appearance of clothing by improving creases and removing wrinkles with a press or an iron.
  4. A memento preserved by pressing, folding, or drying between the leaves of a flat container, book, or folio. Usually done with a flower, ribbon, letter, or other soft, small keepsake.
  5. The extraction of juice from fruit using a press.
  6. A phonograph record; a number of records pressed at the same time.
  7. Urgent insistence.



  1. present participle of press




A pseudo-anglicism.


  • IPA(key): /pʁɛ.siŋ/, /pʁe.siŋ/


pressing m (plural pressings)

  1. dry cleaning shop, a dry-cleaner's



pressing m (invariable)

  1. (sports, especially soccer) Continuous and pressing action that does not allow the opposing team to catch its breath, aiming to remove the ball from its possession
  2. (figurative, transferred sense) Pressing (application of pressure)
    il governo è stato costretto a subire il pressing della sinistra
    the government was confined to undergo the left's pressure