- 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 of repressMiddle English repressen ; from Classical Latin repressus, past participle of reprimere: see re- and amp; press
verbre·pressed, re·press·ing, re·press·es
- To hold back or prevent by an act of volition: couldn't repress a smirk.
- a. To put down or subdue by force: repress a rebellion.b. To end, limit, or restrain, as by intimidation or other action: repress a heresy; repress inflation.
- Psychology To exclude (painful or disturbing memories, for example) automatically or unconsciously from the conscious mind.
- Biology a. To prevent (the transcription of a gene or the synthesis of a protein) by the combination of a protein with an operator gene.b. To prevent or limit the synthesis of (a protein).
To take repressive action.
Origin of repressMiddle English repressen, from Latin reprimere, repress- : re-, re- + premere, to press; see per-4 in Indo-European roots.
- The act of repressing.
(third-person singular simple present represses, present participle repressing, simple past and past participle repressed)