pres|sure1 W1S1 [ˈpreʃə US -ər] n
3¦(causing change)¦
[Date: 1300-1400; : Latin; Origin: pressura, from premere; PRESS2]
1.) ¦(PERSUADE)¦[U]
an attempt to persuade someone by using influence, arguments, or threats
They are putting pressure on people to vote yes.
be/come under pressure to do sth
The minister was under pressure to resign.
be/come under pressure from sb (to do sth)
I was under pressure from my parents to become a teacher.
The Labour government came under pressure from the trade unions.
pressure for
Pressure for change has become urgent.
pressure on
the pressure on all of us to keep slim
He exerts pressure on his kids to get them to do as he wants.
You must never give in to pressure .
2.) ¦(ANXIETY/OVERWORK)¦ [U and C]
a way of working or living that causes you a lot of anxiety, especially because you feel you have too many things to do
pressure of
I feel I'm not able to cope well with the pressures of life.
pressure on
The pressure on doctors is increasing steadily.
under pressure
I'm under constant pressure at work.
The pressures of work can make you ill.
a high pressure job
athletes who show grace under pressure (=who behave well when they are anxious)
3.) ¦(CAUSING CHANGE)¦ [U and C]
events or conditions that cause changes and affect the way a situation develops, especially in ↑economics or politics
inflationary pressures
Analysts expect the pound to come under pressure .
relieve/reduce pressure (on sb/sth)
Slowing the arms race relieved pressure on the Soviet economic system.
The 1990s brought increased economic pressure to bear on all business activities.
4.) ¦(WEIGHT)¦[U]
the force or weight that is being put on to something
pressure of
The pressure of the water turns the wheel.
the pressure of his hand on my arm
5.) ¦(GAS/LIQUID)¦ [U and C]
the force produced by the quantity of gas or liquid in a place or container
The gas containers burst at high pressure .
6.) ¦(WEATHER)¦ [U and C]
a condition of the air in the Earth's ↑atmosphere, which affects the weather
high/low pressure
A ridge of high pressure is building up strongly over the Atlantic.
pressure 2
pressure2 v [T]
especially AmE to try to make someone do something by making them feel it is their duty to do it
British Equivalent: pressurizepressure sb into doing sth
You want to enjoy food, not to be pressured into eating the right things.
pressure sb to do sth
Don't feel we are pressuring you to give what you can't afford.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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