What does repress mean?

Definitions for repress
rɪˈprɛsre·press

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. repress, quash, keep down, subdue, subjugate, reduceverb

    put down by force or intimidation

    "The government quashes any attempt of an uprising"; "China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently"; "The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land"

  2. smother, stifle, strangle, muffle, repressverb

    conceal or hide

    "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a yawn"

  3. suppress, repressverb

    put out of one's consciousness

  4. repressverb

    block the action of

Wiktionary

  1. repressnoun

    The act of repressing.

  2. repressverb

    To press again.

  3. repressverb

    To prevent forcefully an upheaval from developing further.

  4. repressverb

    Hence, to check; to keep back.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Repressnoun

    Repression; act of crushing. Not in use.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Loud outcries of injury, when they tend nothing to the repress of it, is a liberty rather assumed by rage and impatience, than authorised by justice. Government of the Tongue.

  2. To REPRESSverb

    Etymology: repressus, Lat. reprimer, Fr.

    Discontents and ill blood having used always to repress and appease in person, he was loth they should find him beyond sea. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Some, taking dangers to be the only remedy against dangers, endeavoured to set up the sedition again, but they were speedily repressed, and thereby the sedition suppressed wholly. John Hayward.

    Such kings
    Favour the innocent, repress the bold,
    And, while they flourish, make an age of gold. Edmund Waller.

    How can I
    Repress the horror of my thoughts, which fly
    The sad remembrance. John Denham.

    Thus long succeeding criticks justly reign’d,
    Licence repress’d, and useful laws ordain’d:
    Learning and Rome alike in empire grew. Alexander Pope.

    Armies stretch, repressing here
    The frantick Alexander of the North. James Thomson.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Repressverb

    to press again

  2. Repressverb

    to press back or down effectually; to crush down or out; to quell; to subdue; to supress; as, to repress sedition or rebellion; to repress the first risings of discontent

  3. Repressverb

    hence, to check; to restrain; to keep back

  4. Repressnoun

    the act of repressing

  5. Etymology: [Pref. re- + press.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Repress

    rē-pres′, v.t. to restrain, quell—also n.ns. Repress′er, -or.—adj. Repress′ible, that may be restrained.—adv. Repress′ibly.—n. Repres′sion, act of repressing.—adj. Repress′ive, tending or able to repress.—adv. Repress′ively.

  2. Repress

    rē-pres′, v.t. to press a second time.—n. Repress′ing-machine′, a machine for making pressed bricks: a press for compressing cotton bales.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. repress

    To press back or down effectually; to crush down or out; to quell; to subdue; as, to repress rebellion.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of repress in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of repress in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of repress in a Sentence

  1. Lopez Obrador:

    There was a time in which the main violator of human rights was the state. It was the violator par excellence of human rights. That's over, i, as president, and at the same time as commander of the country's armed forces, will never give the order to massacre, to repress the people of Mexico.

  2. Jared Leto:

    As international journalists we also understand the importance of freedom of artistic expression. Together we will stand united against anyone who would repress free speech anywhere, from North Korea to Paris.

  3. Robert Weiss:

    You don't want to repress the desire. Sexuality is a part of being human, but you want to guide it.

  4. Maria Olivares:

    They come and repress us when in their homes they're suffering too.

  5. Lopez Obrador:

    I, as president, and at the same time as commander of the country's armed forces, will never give the order to massacre, to repress the people of Mexico.

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