pressure Definition

  • 1the force exerted per unit area
  • 2the use of persuasion, influence, or intimidation to make someone do something
  • 3the stress or urgency of a situation or task

Using pressure: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "pressure" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The pressure inside the tire is too low.

  • Example

    She felt under pressure to finish the project on time.

  • Example

    The company is facing intense pressure from its competitors.

  • Example

    The coach put pressure on the team to win the game.

pressure Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using pressure

  • to apply pressure or stress to someone


    The boss put the pressure on the team to meet the deadline.

  • to feel stressed or under pressure


    She was feeling the pressure to perform well in the competition.

  • to reduce or remove pressure or stress from a situation


    Hiring a new employee took some of the pressure off the rest of the team.

Phrases with pressure

  • influence from members of one's peer group


    He started smoking because of peer pressure from his friends.

  • blood pressure

    the pressure of the blood in the circulatory system


    High blood pressure can lead to serious health problems.

  • a tightly sealed pot that cooks food quickly under high pressure


    I use a pressure cooker to make soup in less than an hour.

Origins of pressure

from Latin 'pressura', meaning 'act of pressing'


Summary: pressure in Brief

The term 'pressure' [ˈprɛʃər] refers to force per unit area, as well as the use of persuasion or intimidation to make someone do something. It also denotes the stress or urgency of a situation or task, as in 'She felt under pressure to finish the project on time.' 'Pressure' extends into phrases like 'peer pressure,' and idioms like 'put the pressure on,' denoting the application of stress, and 'take the pressure off,' implying relief from stress.

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