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repress

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verb re·press \ri-ˈpres\

Simple Definition of repress

  • : to not allow yourself to do or express (something)

  • : to not allow yourself to remember (something, such as an unpleasant event)

  • : to control (someone or something) by force

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of repress

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to check by or as if by pressure :  curb <injustice was repressed> b :  to put down by force :  subdue <repress a disturbance>

  3. 2 a :  to hold in by self-control <repressed a laugh> b :  to prevent the natural or normal expression, activity, or development of <repressed her anger>

  4. 3 :  to exclude from consciousness <repressed the memory of abuse>

  5. 4 :  to inactivate (a gene or formation of a gene product) by allosteric combination at a DNA binding site

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to take repressive action

repressibility

play \-ˌpre-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

repressible

play \-ˈpre-sə-bəl\ adjective

repressive

play \-ˈpre-siv\ adjective

repressively

adverb

repressiveness

noun

Examples of repress in a sentence

  1. Religious groups were severely repressed.

  2. <quickly repressed the rebellion in the provincial city and restored order>



Origin and Etymology of repress

Middle English, from Anglo-French represser, from Latin repressus, past participle of reprimere to check, from re- + premere to press — more at press


First Known Use: 14th century


REPRESS Defined for Kids

repress

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verb re·press \ri-ˈpres\

Definition of repress for Students

repressed

repressing

  1. :  to hold in check by or as if by pressure <On seeing his haircut, I had to repress a laugh.>




Medical Dictionary

repress

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transitive verb re·press \ri-ˈpres\

Medical Definition of repress

  1. 1:  to exclude from consciousness <repress conflicts>

  2. 2:  to inactivate (a gene or formation of a gene product) by allosteric combination at a DNA binding site





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