Definitions for oppressəˈprɛs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to govern or manage with cruel or unjust impositions or restraints; exercise harsh authority or power over.

  2. to lie heavily upon (the mind, a person, etc.); weigh down.

  3. Archaic. to put down; subdue or suppress.

Origin of oppress:

1300–50; < MF oppresser < ML oppressāre, der. of L oppressus, ptp. of opprimere to squeeze, suffocate =op-op-+primere (comb. form of premere to press1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. oppress, suppress, crush(verb)

    come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority

    "The government oppresses political activists"

  2. persecute, oppress(verb)

    cause to suffer

    "Jews were persecuted in the former Soviet Union"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. oppress(verb)əˈprɛs

    to treat people unfairly by preventing them from having freedom

    invaders that have oppressed the native people for centuries


  1. oppress(Verb)

    Physically to press down on (someone) with harmful effects; to smother, crush.

  2. oppress(Verb)

    To keep down by force

    The rural poor were oppressed by the land-owners.

  3. oppress(Verb)

    To make sad or gloomy

    We were oppressed by the constant grey skies.

  4. Origin: From oppressen, from oppresser, from oppressare, frequentive of opprimere, past participle oppressus, from ob + premere, past participle pressus; see press.

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