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noun press pronunciation in American English /pres/
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  1. 1

    the press

    newspapers and news magazines
    the national/local/American/sports press
    the popular/tabloid press
    in the press: She has been criticized in the press for not speaking out on this issue.
    1. a.
      reporters and photographers who work for newspapers or news magazines
      She finally emerged from her home to face the press.
      It’s a meeting for shareholders only, and the press is excluded.
    2. b.
      [only before noun] relating to the press
      a crowd of press photographers
      The story has received extensive press coverage (=reports in newspapers).
  2. 3
    [countable] a business that publishes books. This word is sometimes used in company names
    His first book was published by Harvard University Press.
  3. 5
    [countable] [usually singular] a single push on something such as a button or switch
    at the press of a button (=simply by pressing a button): Internet shopping brings the store to your home at the simple press of a button.
  4. 6
    [singular] an act of making clothes smooth with an iron
    give something a press: I’ll just give my shirt a quick press and then I’m ready.
  5. 7
    [singular] a large number of people pushing in different directions
    He pushed his way through the press of people.



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