Repress meaning

rĭ-prĕs
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.

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To hold back or prevent by an act of volition.

Couldn't repress a smirk.

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To exclude (painful or disturbing memories, for example) automatically or unconsciously from the conscious mind.
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To take repressive action.
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To keep down or hold back; restrain.

To repress a sigh.

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To put down; subdue.
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To control so strictly or severely as to prevent the natural development or expression of.

To repress a child.

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To exclude something such as painful or disturbing memories automatically or unconsciously from the conscious mind.
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The act of repressing.
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To press again.

To repress a vinyl record.

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Hence, to check; to keep back.
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Origin of repress

  • Middle English repressen from Latin reprimere repress- re- re- premere to press per-4 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition