1 noun
1 force (U) the act of force or weight being put on to something: The pressure of the water turns the wheel. | factors such as temperature and pressure
2 strength (C, U) the strength of the force or weight put on something: high/low pressure: The gas containers burst at high pressures. | Low atmospheric pressure often brings rain.
—see also: blood pressure
3 STRONG (U) an attempt to persuade someone by using influence, arguments, or threats
(+ for): pressure for change inside the party | pressure to do sth: There was great pressure to conform to existing standards. | under pressure from: John only agreed to go under pressure from his parents. | be/come under pressure (to do sth): The company is under pressure to improve pay and conditions. | give in to pressure (=agree to do something that someone has persuaded you to do) | put pressure on (=to try to persuade someone to do something because it is their duty.): Their parents were putting pressure on them to get married. | exert pressure on/bring pressure to bear on formal: Special interest groups can bring great pressure to bear on legislation.
4 problems/demands (C, U) conditions of work or a way of living that cause anxiety or difficulties: Paul changed jobs because he couldn't stand the pressure
(+ on): There are a lot of pressures on young people today. | under pressure: You need to be able to work accurately under pressure. | pressure of work: Lou couldn't stay long because of pressure of work.
5 pile on the pressure to increase the amount of pressure on someone: Just when she was at her weakest, Martin started piling on the emotional pressure.
2 verb (T) to try to make someone do something by making them feel it is their duty to do it; pressurize BrE: pressure sb into doing sth: I've been pressured into helping with the decorating. | pressure sb to do sth

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.


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