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  1. [noun] the force applied to a unit area of surface; measured in pascals (SI unit) or in dynes (cgs unit); "the compressed gas exerts an increased pressure"
    Synonyms: level, force per unit area

  2. [noun] a force that compels; "the public brought pressure to bear on the government"

  3. [noun] the act of pressing; the exertion of pressure; "he gave the button a press"; "he used pressure to stop the bleeding"; "at the pressing of a button"
    Synonyms: press, pressing

  4. [noun] the state of urgently demanding notice or attention; "the press of business matters"
    Synonyms: imperativeness, insistence, insistency, press

  5. [noun] the somatic sensation of pressure; "the sensitivity of his skin to pressure and temperature was normal"
    Synonyms: sensation

  6. [noun] an oppressive condition of physical or mental or social or economic distress

  7. [verb] to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"; "He squeezed her for information"
    Synonyms: coerce, hale, squeeze, force

  8. [verb] exert pressure on someone through threats
    Synonyms: blackmail, blackjack


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