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verb [transitive] repress pronunciation in British English /rɪˈpres/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyrepress
he/she/itrepresses
present participlerepressing
past tenserepressed
past participlerepressed
  1. 1
    to prevent yourself from showing a feeling

    I couldn't repress my curiosity.

    Repressing an impulse to laugh out loud, she thanked him and walked out.

  2. 2
    to use force or violence to control people

    Minority groups were ruthlessly repressed.

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