To exert steady weight or force against; bear down on. To squeeze the juice or other contents from. To extract (juice, for example) by squeezing or compressing. To reshape or make compact by applying steady force; compress. To iron (clothing, for example). To clasp in fondness or politeness. To try to influence, as by insistent arguments; importune or entreat: He pressed her for a reply. To urge or force to action; impel. To place in trying or distressing circumstances; harass or oppress. To move (keys on a computer keyboard, for example) by applying pressure. To lay stress on; emphasize. To advance or carry on vigorously: "Far from backing down, he pressed the attack\u201d ( Justin Kaplan). To put forward importunately or insistently: press an argument. To make (a phonograph record or videodisc) from a mold or matrix. Sports To lift (a weight) to a position above the head without moving the legs. To exert force or pressure. To weigh heavily, as on the mind. To advance eagerly; push forward. To require haste; be urgent. To iron clothes or other material. To assemble closely and in large numbers; crowd. To employ urgent persuasion or entreaty. Sports To raise or lift a weight in a press. Basketball To employ a press. Any of various machines or devices that apply pressure.