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Definition of repress verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they repress
    he / she / it represses
    past simple repressed
    -ing form repressing
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  1. 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. 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.
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