Repress Re*press" (r?-pr?s"), v. t. [Pref. re- + press: cf. L. reprimere, repressum. Cf. {Reprimand}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, to check; to restrain; to keep back. [1913 Webster]

Desire of wine and all delicious drinks, . . . Thou couldst repress. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To crush; overpower; subdue; suppress; restrain; quell; curb; check. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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