Definition of repress
2a : to hold in by self-control repressed a laughb : 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
: to take repressive action
repressibilityplay \-ˌpre-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
repressibleplay \-ˈpre-sə-bəl\ adjective
repressiveplay \-ˈpre-siv\ adjective
Examples of repress in a Sentence
Religious groups were severely repressed.
quickly repressed the rebellion in the provincial city and restored order
Recent Examples of repress from the Web
In the popular imagination, school bathrooms brimmed with pathology and repressed sexuality.
Surprisingly, Barria and other Noriega opponents stopped short of expressing harsh criticism of the former strongman who repressed their demonstrations and forced many into exile.
In Egypt, where the sectarian divide is less of an issue, the use of force to repress Islamist politics creates a different set of risks.
Sipe believes Wehner and other victims can repress their memories of trauma for years.
That landed Wang Xiaoning in prison for 10 years and put Yahoo executives in front of Congress, which wanted to know why the company was helping China repress human rights.
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REPRESS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of repress for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of repress for Students
: to hold in check by or as if by pressure On seeing his haircut, I had to repress a laugh.
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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