Repress - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈpres|  American pronunciation of the word repress
Brit.  |rɪˈprɛs|  British pronunciation of the word repress


- put down by force or intimidation (syn: quash, reduce, subdue, subjugate)
- impede or hinder the natural development or self-expression of
- suppress in order to conceal or hide(syn: muffle, smother, stifle, strangle)

repress a cry of fear

- put out of one's consciousness (syn: suppress)
- block the action of

the process of repressing gene transcription


Religious groups were severely repressed.

...quickly repressed the rebellion in the provincial city and restored order...

Injustice was repressed.

Brenda repressed the urge to shout at him.

I repressed a smile.

He had long ago repressed the painful memories of his childhood.

The police were widely criticized for their role in repressing the protest movement.

the process of repressing gene transcription

...many therapists believe that it is better to be openhearted than to repress one's feelings, however hostile they may be...

Word forms

I/you/we/they: repress
he/she/it: represses
present participle: repressing
past tense: repressed
past participle: repressed
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