AskDefine | Define repress

Dictionary Definition



1 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" [syn: quash, keep down, subdue, subjugate, reduce]
2 conceal or hide; "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a yawn" [syn: smother, stifle, strangle, muffle]
3 put out of one's consciousness [syn: suppress]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The act of repressing.


  1. To press again.
  2. To press back or down effectually; to crush down or out; to quell; to subdue; to suppress; as, to repress sedition or rebellion; to repress the first risings of discontent.
  3. Hence, to check; to restrain; to keep back.


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