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Definition of oppress verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they oppress
    he / she / it oppresses
    past simple oppressed
    -ing form oppressing
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  1. 1oppress somebody to treat someone in a cruel and unfair way, especially by not giving them the same freedom, rights, etc. as other people The regime is accused of oppressing religious minorities.
  2. 2oppress somebody to make someone only able to think about sad or worrying things synonym weigh somebodydown The gloomy atmosphere in the office oppressed her.
noun [uncountable] victims of oppression
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