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noun pressure pronunciation in British English /ˈpreʃə(r)/
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  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
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    [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


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