- To repress is to suppress something such as a thought, feeling or emotion.
- When you keep someone from expressing any dissent, this is an example of a situation where you repress the person.
- When you prevent yourself from showing your happiness, this is an example of a situation where you repress your happiness.
- When you will not allow yourself to think about a given event, this is an example of a situation where you repress the event.
- to keep down or hold back; restrain: to repress a sigh
- to put down; subdue
- to control so strictly or severely as to prevent the natural development or expression of: to repress a child
- to force (ideas, impulses, etc. painful to the conscious mind) into the unconscious
- to prevent (unconscious ideas, impulses, etc.) from reaching the level of consciousness
Origin: Middle English repressen from Classical Latin repressus, past participle of reprimere: see re- and amp; press
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verb re·pressed, re·press·ing, re·press·es verb, transitive
- To hold back by an act of volition: couldn't repress a smirk.
- To put down by force, usually before total control has been lost; quell: repress a rebellion.
- Psychology To exclude (painful or disturbing memories, for example) automatically or unconsciously from the conscious mind.
- Biology To block (transcription of a gene) by combination of a protein to an operator gene.
Origin: Middle English repressen, from Latin reprimere, repress- : re-, re- + premere, to press; see per-4 in Indo-European roots.
- re·pressˌi·bilˈi·ty noun
- re·pressˈi·ble adjective
repress - Medical Definition
- To hold back by an act of volition.
- To exclude something from the conscious mind.