Definition of oppress verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    oppress

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əˈpres//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpres//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they oppress
    BrE BrE//əˈpres//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpres//
     
    he / she / it oppresses
    BrE BrE//əˈpresɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpresɪz//
     
    past simple oppressed
    BrE BrE//əˈprest//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈprest//
     
    past participle oppressed
    BrE BrE//əˈprest//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈprest//
     
    -ing form oppressing
    BrE BrE//əˈpresɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpresɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1oppress somebody to treat somebody 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. Throughout history, our people have been oppressed and exploited. Wordfinderallow, emancipation, freedom, imprisonment, independence, liberty, oppress, restriction, rule, slave See related entries: Terrorism
  2. 2oppress somebody to make somebody only able to think about sad or worrying things The gloomy atmosphere in the office oppressed her. He was beginning to feel oppressed by his surroundings.
  3. synonym weigh down
    Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French oppresser, from medieval Latin oppressare, from Latin oppress- ‘pressed against’, from the verb opprimere.
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