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American English: /prɛs/
British English: /prɛs/

Translation of press in Spanish:


  • 1 uncountable 1.1 (newspapers, journalists) the press the freedom of the press
    la libertad de prensa
    the daily/specialist press
    la prensa diaria/especializada
    she agreed to meet the press
    aceptó recibir a la prensa or a los periodistas
    (before noun) (box/gallery)
    de (la) prensa
    press clipping or (British) cutting
    recorte (masculine) de prensa
    press corps
    prensa (feminine) acreditada
    press coverage
    cobertura (feminine) periodística
    press pass
    pase (masculine) de prensa
    press photographer press report
    informe (masculine) de prensa
    press room
    (for printing) sala (feminine) de impresión
    (for journalists) sala (feminine) de prensa
    Example sentences
    • ‘I know, as a journalist, that the press need something to hang an event on,’ he said.
    • Senior MPs know they can leak with impunity to journalists because the press isn't going to bite the hand that feeds it.
    • The firm's management refused to talk to the press, and journalists were kept away by security guards.
    1.2 (treatment by newspapers) to get a good/bad press
    tener buena/mala prensa
    tener buena/mala acogida por parte de la prensa
  • 2 countable
    also: printing press
    2.1 to go to press
    entrar en prensa
    at the time of going to press
    al cierre de la edición
    hot off the press(es)
    recién salido de la imprenta
    2.2 (publishing house)
    Example sentences
    • Seazoom is the third book published by local press Passwords Enterprises, headed by poet Vivian Hansen.
    • University presses have published books and subsequently left the archiving to printers.
    • Two books published by university presses demonstrate just how enriching the change can be.
  • 4 4.1 (on button) at the press of a button
    apretando un botón
    4.2 (with iron) to give something a press (esp British)
    planchar algo
    pasarle la plancha a algo
  • 5 uncountable (crush)
    Example sentences
    • No fiddling around with headrests and seatbelts: just a single press of a button and one side went flat, making ample room for three bikes.
    • It gives the reader a wide choice of material at the press of a button.
    • How can I add my rather long e-mail address with just a single press of a key?
  • 6 countable (large cupboard)
    Example sentences
    • The fitted kitchen/breakfast room features a number of built-in presses, worktops and cupboards and plenty of food preparation space.
    • The room features an open fireplace with a cream tiled surround and inset, and there is a fitted corner cupboard with display presses.
    • Wardrobes or linen presses can serve in a kitchen as a larder or anything you fancy.

transitive verb

  • 1 (push)
    to press the trigger the children pressed their noses against the window
    los niños tenían la nariz apretada contra la ventana
    we were pressed up against the wall by the crowd
    el gentío nos apretujó contra la pared
    Example sentences
    • Mel took that opportunity to rest her hands on his shoulder and press herself against him.
    • Put on the top half of the bread, press gently and eat immediately with a bottle of very cold beer.
    • The steam was still rising from it as the restaurant staff pressed a plastic lid onto the container.
    Example sentences
    • But the lift came to a halt midway, forcing those inside to press the help button and ask for assistance.
    • No fiddling with keys on dark, damp mornings and you're off the drive far quicker after pressing the brake pedal and pushing the start button.
    • But here no one ever presses the accelerator pedal: the pace is slow and ultra easy in this corner of very French soil on the coast of South West Brittany.
  • 2 2.1 (squeeze) she pressed my hand/arm
    me apretó la mano/el brazo
    she pressed the child to her
    estrechó al niño contra su pecho
    Example sentences
    • Every morning we had our freshly pressed orange juice from the farm's orchard.
    • The two to three edible nuts of the seed are eaten raw or roasted; from these, a stable oil is pressed for use in cosmetic creams and as a meat preservative.
    • ‘Cold Pressed’ is simply a technique used in pressing the oil out of the olives.
    2.2 (in press)
    Example sentences
    • In this book she has placed all the seasons like a leaf or a flower pressed between each page.
    • Collect nice whole leaves and press them between two clean sheets of paper in a large book like a phone book or dictionary.
    • Everyone knows pressed flowers arranged and glued onto paper can make a delightful composition.
    Example sentences
    • In the winery, the frozen grapes are gently pressed and the sweet juice, rich in sugar, high in acidity and bursting with flavour, is run off and fermented.
    • The fruits are pressed in communal oil presses and, more often than not, transported by horse-drawn cart.
    • Considered a fruit, olives were eaten whole as food and pressed to make oil for cooking and medicinal uses.
    Example sentences
    • Yeah, they are standing on their own two feet, pressing their own records and CDs.
    • These were then used to shape the matrixes from which the records were pressed.
    Example sentences
    • This is the man who represents the epitome of style in his immaculately pressed shirts, tirelessly shined shoes and tailored business attire.
    • Wool should be pressed with steam and a moderate temperature.
    • Serged or double-stitched seams should be pressed toward the garment back whenever possible.
  • 3 3.1 (put pressure on) I must press you on this point
    debo insistirle sobre este punto
    when pressed, she admitted it
    cuando la presionaron, lo admitió
    they're being pressed by creditors
    los están acosando los acreedores
    if pressed, I'd opt for the second plan
    si tuviera que escoger, me inclinaría por el segundo plan
    to press somebody for something/to + infinitiveI pressed him for an answer
    insistí en que me diera una respuesta
    exigí que me diera una respuesta
    they pressed him to change his policy
    ejercieron presión sobre él para que cambiara de política
    he pressed us to stay for dinner
    insistió en que nos quedáramos a cenar
    3.2 (pursue) she pressed her case vigorously
    insistió con vehemencia en sus argumentos
    they went on strike to press their demands
    fueron a la huelga en apoyo de sus reivindicaciones
    to press charges against somebody
    presentar or formular cargos en contra de alguien
    I didn't press the point
    no insistí más

intransitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (exert pressure) press once for service
    llame una vez para que lo atiendan
    position tile and press firmly
    coloque el azulejo y presione or apriete con fuerza
    to press (down) on something
    apretar algo
    hacer presión sobre algo
    1.2 (crowd, push)
    he pressed through the crowd
    se abrió paso entre la multitud
    Example sentences
    • Despite landing a fine upper cut as the champion presses forward, it is clear that the Las Vegas-based fighter has no answer to the poise and power of the home favourite.
    • Grunting in acknowledgement, too winded to speak, Alex pressed forward.
    • At last convinced that Sir William was still alive, she set out for Waterloo, her carriage pressing forward slowly through the crowds heading in the opposite direction.
    1.3 (iron) this suit presses easily
    este traje es fácil de planchar
  • 2 (urge, pressurize) he kept pressing until I agreed
    siguió presionando or insistiendo hasta que accedí
    to press for somethingthey've been pressing for an inquiry
    han estado presionando para que se haga una investigación
    time presses or is pressing the problem is beginning to press
    el problema empieza a ser acuciante
    Example sentences
    • Coun Kevin Lancaster said the council should press the Environment Agency to carry out the work after 2006.
    • Mr Pearson was by then pressing quite hard for exchange of contracts.
    • When pressed for specifics on the protest, Phelps hung up, saying he was too busy to talk.

Phrasal verbs

press ahead

verb + adverb
to press ahead (with something)

press forward

verb + adverb
1 (move forward)
avanzar empujando hacia adelante
2 (continue) to press forward with something
seguir adelante con algo

press home

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object

press on

verb + adverb
to press on (with something)
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