repress

verb (1)
re·​press | \ ri-ˈpres \
repressed; repressing; represses

Definition of repress

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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

verb (2)
\ (ˌ)rē-ˈpres \
re-pressed; re-pressing; re-presses

Definition of re-press (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to press again re-press a record

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Other Words from repress

Verb (1)

repressibility \ ri-​ˌpre-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
repressible \ ri-​ˈpre-​sə-​bəl \ adjective
repressive \ ri-​ˈpre-​siv \ adjective
repressively adverb
repressiveness noun

Examples of repress in a Sentence

Verb (1)

Religious groups were severely repressed. quickly repressed the rebellion in the provincial city and restored order

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There’s no evidence that Yiannopoulos’s no-platforming led to his ideas and personality gaining a kind of underground popularity, as some free speech advocates believe happens when speech is repressed. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s morale problem is getting worse," 6 Dec. 2018 There’s no evidence that Yiannopoulos’s no-platforming led to his ideas and personality gaining a kind of underground popularity, as some free speech advocates believe happens when speech is repressed. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s morale problem is getting worse," 6 Dec. 2018 There’s no evidence that Yiannopoulos’s no-platforming led to his ideas and personality gaining a kind of underground popularity, as some free speech advocates believe happens when speech is repressed. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Milo Yiannopoulos’s collapse shows that no-platforming can work," 5 Dec. 2018 The protests started after a brawl between students at rival schools on July 22, 1968, was brutally repressed by riot police. Andalusia Knoll, Teen Vogue, "What to Know About the 1968 Tlatelolco Plaza Student Massacre," 2 Oct. 2018 But larger than the fact that virginity tests don't work is that they are based on a harmful and misogynistic idea long used to repress and control women: the idea of virginity itself. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Top Health Organizations Call for an End to Virginity Testing," 18 Oct. 2018 The Chinese government certainly isn’t alone in its readiness to stifle freedom of expression, and to use surveillance to repress dissent. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Google employees push to cancel Chinese search engine in new letter," 27 Nov. 2018 Choose instead, as Gigi has done, to add slouch to a Sloane Ranger’s uniform, all camel and denim and repressed hotness. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of October 8, 2018," 8 Oct. 2018 Melanie Ehrenkranz has news on an anti-democratic trend in Vietnam: The conviction is reflective of Vietnam’s efforts to repress speech critical of the government. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook is pushing out its most creative skeptics," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of repress

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for repress

Verb (1)

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

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The first known use of repress was in the 14th century

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repress

verb

English Language Learners 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

repress

verb
re·​press | \ ri-ˈpres \
repressed; repressing

Kids Definition of repress

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

repress

transitive verb
re·​press | \ ri-ˈpres \

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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