pressure - definition and synonyms


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

      an area of high pressure over the Atlantic

  4. 4


    [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