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repress

re·press

repress

 
 
pronunciation:
rih pres
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Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: repressed, represses, repressing
definition 1: to restrain or prevent the expression of (feelings, utterances, or the like).
His strict parents taught him never to cry and in general to repress his feelings.She could no longer repress her fears, and she confided them to her sister.
synonyms:
bottle up, control, hold, restrain, stifle, subdue, suppress
antonyms:
express, gratify
similar words:
bridle, check, conceal, contain, curb, hide, inhibit, mask, silence, smother, squash
definition 2: to put a stop to; subdue.
The army quickly repressed the uprising.
synonyms:
crush, put down, quash, quell, stifle, suppress
similar words:
silence, smother, snuff out, squash, squelch, stop, subdue
definition 3: to resist conscious awareness of.
All his life he repressed the memory of that childhood tragedy.
synonyms:
suppress
similar words:
bury, inhibit
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derivations: repressed (adj.), repressible (adj.), represser (repressor) (n.)