repress
verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French represser, from Latin repressus, past participle of reprimere to check, from re- + premere to press — more at press Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to check by or as if by pressure ; curb <
injustice was repressed
>
b. to put down by force ; subdue <
repress a disturbance
>
2. a. to hold in by self-control <
repressed a laugh
>
b. to prevent the natural or normal expression, activity, or development of <
repressed her anger
>
3. to exclude from consciousness <
repressed the memory of abuse
>
4. to inactivate (a gene or formation of a gene product) by allosteric combination at a DNA binding site intransitive verb to take repressive action • repressibility nounrepressible adjectiverepressive adjectiverepressively adverbrepressiveness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • repress — [ri pres′] vt. [ME repressen < L repressus, pp. of reprimere: see RE & PRESS1] 1. to keep down or hold back; restrain [to repress a sigh] 2. to put down; subdue 3. to control so strictly or severely as to prevent the natural development or… …   English World dictionary

  • Repress — Re*press (r? pr?s ), v. t. [Pref. re + press.] To press again. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Repress — Re*press , n. The act of repressing. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • repress — I verb allay, bottle up, bridle, censor, check, choke, comprimere, control, cork, crush, curb, damp, dampen, deaden, domineer, dull, enchain, gag, hinder, hobble, hold back, hold in, hush, inhibit, keep down, keep in, keep in check, keep under… …   Law dictionary

  • repress — late 14c., to check, restrain, from L. repressus, pp. of reprimere hold back, check, from re back + premere to push (see PRESS (Cf. press) (v.1)). Used of feelings or desires from late 14c.; in the purely psychological sense, it represents Ger.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • repress — *suppress Analogous words: *restrain, curb, check, inhibit: subdue, overcome (see CONQUER) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • repress — [v] keep back, hold in black out*, bottle, chasten, check, collect, compose, control, cool*, cork*, crush, curb, gridlock*, hinder, hold back, inhibit, jam up, keep in, keep in check, keep under wraps*, kill*, lock, master, muffle, overcome,… …   New thesaurus

  • repress — ► VERB 1) subdue by force. 2) restrain, prevent, or inhibit. 3) suppress (a thought or feeling) in oneself so that it becomes or remains unconscious. DERIVATIVES represser noun repressible adjective repression noun. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • repress — 01. As a child, she always had to [repress] her anger because her parents wouldn t allow her to argue with them. 02. If you always [repress] your feelings, you could end up with high blood pressure or something. 03. His long [repressed]… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • repress — [[t]rɪpre̱s[/t]] represses, repressing, repressed 1) VERB If you repress a feeling, you make a deliberate effort not to show or have this feeling. [V n] People who repress their emotions risk having nightmares... [V n] It is anger that is… …   English dictionary

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