• enPR: prĕshʹ-ə(r), IPA: /ˈpɹɛʃə(ɹ)/
    • (British) IPA: [ˈpɹɛʃ.ə(ɹ)]
    • (America) IPA: [ˈpɹɛʃ.ɚ]


  1. A pressing; a force applied to a surface.
    Apply pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding.
  2. A contrasting force or impulse of any kind
    ''the pressure of poverty; the pressure of taxes; the pressure of motives on the mind; the pressure of civilization.
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 16, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
  3. Distress.
    She has felt pressure lately because her boss expects her to get the job done by the first.
    • 1649, Eikon Basilike
      My people's pressures are grievous.
    • In the midst of his great troubles and pressures.
  4. Urgency
    the pressure of business
  5. (obsolete) Impression; stamp; character impressed.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene v]:
      All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past.
  6. (physics) The amount of force that is applied over a given area divided by the size of this area.
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pressure (pressures, present participle pressuring; past and past participle pressured)

  1. (transitive) To encourage or heavily exert force or influence.
    Do not let anyone pressure you into buying something you do not want.

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