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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.



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