repress


re·press

verb \ri-ˈpres\

: 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

Full Definition of REPRESS

transitive verb
1
a :  to check by or as if by pressure :  curb <injustice was repressed>
b :  to put down by force :  subdue <repress a disturbance>
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>
3
:  to exclude from consciousness <repressed the memory of abuse>
4
:  to inactivate (a gene or formation of a gene product) by allosteric combination at a DNA binding site
intransitive verb
:  to take repressive action
re·press·ibil·i·ty \-ˌpre-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
re·press·ible \-ˈpre-sə-bəl\ adjective
re·pres·sive \-ˈpre-siv\ adjective
re·pres·sive·ly adverb
re·pres·sive·ness noun

Examples of REPRESS

  1. Religious groups were severely repressed.
  2. <quickly repressed the rebellion in the provincial city and restored order>

Origin 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

re·press

transitive verb \ri-ˈpres\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of REPRESS

1
: to exclude from consciousness <repress conflicts>
2
: to inactivate (a gene or formation of a gene product) by allosteric combination at a DNA binding site

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