- 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 put down, suppress The government was quick to repress any opposition. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘keep back something objectionable’): from Latin repress-
BrE BrE//rɪˈpres//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpres//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they repress
BrE BrE//rɪˈpres//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpres//he / she / it represses
BrE BrE//rɪˈpresɪz//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpresɪz//past simple repressed
BrE BrE//rɪˈprest//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈprest//past participle repressed
BrE BrE//rɪˈprest//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈprest//-ing form repressing
BrE BrE//rɪˈpresɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpresɪŋ//