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

     

    repress

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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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 put down, suppress The government was quick to repress any opposition.
  3. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘keep back something objectionable’): from Latin repress- ‘pressed back, checked’, from the verb reprimere, from re- ‘back’ + premere ‘to press’.Extra examples The organized opposition has been brutally repressed. a country that systematically represses human rights feelings that had been firmly repressed They tend to hide their emotions and repress their desires. Unrest in Algeria was quickly repressed in May 1945.
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