- 1repress something to try not to have or show an emotion, a feeling, etc. synonym control to repress a smile He burst in, making no effort to repress his fury. For years he had successfully repressed the painful memories of childhood.
- 2[often passive] repress somebody/something to use political and/or military force to control a group of people and restrict their freedom synonym suppress The government was quick to repress any opposition.
NAmE//rɪˈprɛs//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they repress
he / she / it represses
past simple repressed
-ing form repressing