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Princeton's WordNet

  1. repress, quash, keep down, subdue, subjugate, reduce(verb)

    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, repress(verb)

    conceal or hide

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

  3. suppress, repress(verb)

    put out of one's consciousness

  4. repress(verb)

    block the action of


  1. repress(Noun)

    The act of repressing.

  2. repress(Verb)

    To press again.

  3. repress(Verb)

    To prevent forcefully an upheaval from developing further.

  4. repress(Verb)

    Hence, to check; to keep back.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Repress(verb)

    to press again

    Etymology: [Pref. re- + press.]

  2. Repress(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [Pref. re- + press.]

  3. Repress(verb)

    hence, to check; to restrain; to keep back

    Etymology: [Pref. re- + press.]

  4. Repress(noun)

    the act of repressing

    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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  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. Kohei Uchimura:

    What happened today can only make me stronger, i need to repress my feelings so I can perform better at the next competition.

  2. Karl Marx:

    The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.

  3. Francisco Palmieri:

    This violence to intimidate and repress the people must cease immediately.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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