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noun pressure pronunciation in British English /ˈpreʃə(r)/ 
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pluralpressures
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] attempts to persuade, threaten, or force someone to do something
    pressure for:

    Pressure for political change increased in the 1990s.

    pressure on someone (to do something):

    There is now greater pressure on the White House to take action.

    be/come under pressure to do something:

    The council is still under pressure to reduce spending.

    under pressure from someone:

    Under pressure from France, Germany has finally dropped its proposals.

    put/exert pressure on someone (to do something):

    He did not put any pressure on her to take the job.

    bring pressure to bear on someone (to do something):

    Officials were bringing pressure to bear on the government to stop the war.

    give in to pressure/bow to pressure (=do what someone is trying to force you to do):

    He would not give in to pressure from his family to come home.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a worried feeling that you get when you have to deal with a difficult or complicated situation
    pressure on:

    The pressure on prison officers is well documented.

    under pressure:

    With greatly increased workloads, everyone is under pressure now.

    stand the pressure (=be able to deal successfully with it):

    If you can't stand the pressure, you should resign.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] a force pressing on someone or something

    She became conscious of the pressure of his hand on her shoulder.

    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] physics the amount of force that a gas or liquid produces in an area or container

      atmospheric/air/water pressure

      high/low pressure (=of the air in the atmosphere):

      an area of high pressure over the Atlantic

      See also  blood pressure
  4. 4

    pressures

    [plural] conditions that influence the way that events develop

    The influence in house-building reflects demographic pressures in this part of the country.

    inflationary pressures that may force interest rates to rise

creep

used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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