Synonyms of press
1 push (down) • her hands pressing down on the desk • He pressed a button and the door closed.
depress • He depressed the pedal that lowered the chair.
2 pushDictionary • He pressed his back against the door.
push • They pushed him into the car.
squeeze • Somehow they managed to squeeze into the tight space.
jam • He jammed his hands into his pockets.
thrust • They thrust him into the back of a jeep.
ram • He rammed the key into the lock and kicked the front door open.
wedge • He wedged himself between the door and the radiator.
shove • He shoved her out of the way.
3 hugDictionary • I pressed my child closer to my heart and shut my eyes.
hug • They hugged each other like a couple of lost children.
squeeze • He longed to just scoop her up and squeeze her.
embrace • Penelope came forward and embraced her sister.
clasp • Mary clasped the children to her desperately.
crush • He crushed her in his arms.
encircle • A forty-foot-high concrete wall encircles the jail.
enfold • He enfolded her gently in his arms.
fold in your arms
4 callDictionary • Police might now press for changes in the law.
ask • We had to ask him to leave.
demand • She demanded an immediate apology.
campaign • We are campaigning for law reform.
make a claim
5 urgeDictionary • The trade unions are pressing him to stand firm.
urge • They urged parliament to approve plans for their reform programme.
force • They forced him to work for them at gun point.
beg • I begged him to come back to England with me.
petition • She is petitioning to regain custody of the child.
sue • He realized that suing for peace was the only option.
enforce • They tried to limit the cost by enforcing a low-tech specification.
compel • the introduction of legislation to compel cyclists to wear a helmet
constrain • Individuals will be constrained to make many sacrifices for the greater good.
exhort (formal) • Kennedy exhorted his listeners to turn away from violence.
implore • 'Tell me what to do!' she implored him.
enjoin • She enjoined me strictly not to tell anyone else.
pressurize • He thought she was trying to pressurize him into marriage.
entreat • They entreated the audience to stay calm.
importune (formal) • beggars importuning passers-by
6 pleadDictionary • mass strikes and demonstrations to press their demands
present • We presented three options to the unions for discussion.
lodge • He has four weeks in which to lodge an appeal.
submit • They submitted their reports to the Chancellor yesterday.
tender • She quickly tendered her resignation.
7 ironDictionary • Vera pressed his shirt.
smooth • She stood up and smoothed down her frock.
put the creases in
8 compressDictionary • The grapes are hand-picked and pressed.
compress • Poor posture can compress the body's organs.
grind • He ground his cigarette under his heel.
mill • freshly milled black pepper
crush • Their vehicle was crushed by an army tank.
pound • She paused as she pounded the maize grains.
pulp • Onions can be boiled and pulped to a puree.
mash • Mash the bananas with a fork.
trample • I don't want people trampling on the grass.
condense • The English translation has been condensed into a single more readable book.
pulverize • Pulverize the bran to a fine powder.
macerate • I like to macerate the food in liqueur for a few minutes before serving.
9 crowdDictionary • As the music stopped, the crowd pressed forward.
crowd • The hungry refugees crowded around the lorries.
rush • The Act was rushed through after a legal loophole was discovered.
surge • The crowd surged out from the church.
cluster • The passengers clustered together in small groups.
flock • The crowds flocked around her.
swarm • People swarmed to the shops, buying up everything in sight.
hasten • He may hasten the collapse of his own country.
throng • the multitudes that throng around the Pope
1 publicityDictionary • the bad press that career women get in this country
publicity • Much advance publicity was given to the talks.
2 crowdDictionary • There was still a press of people around the Victoria Memorial.
crowd • It took some two hours before the crowd was fully dispersed.
host • A host of stars from British stage and screen attended the awards ceremony.
pack • a pack of journalists who wanted to interview him
crush • They got separated from each other in the crush.
bunch (informal) • The players were a great bunch.
mob • a growing mob of demonstrators
flock • his flock of advisors
herd • large herds of elephant and buffalo
swarm • A swarm of people encircled the hotel.
horde • A horde of people was screaming for tickets.
multitude • the multitudes that surround the Pope
throng • An official pushed through the throng.
PHRASES:▷ be pressed for
PHRASAL VERB:▷ press on
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askIf you ask someone to do something, you tell them that you want them to do it.
• We had to ask him to leave.
begIf you beg someone to do something, you ask them very anxiously or eagerly to do it.
• I begged him to come back to England with me.
go on bended knee to
go on bended knee to
bunch (informal)A bunch of people is a group of people who share one or more characteristics or who are doing something together.
• The players were a great bunch.
Thesaurus for press from the Collins English Thesaurus
to apply or exert weight, force, or steady pressure on