[ ri-pres ]
/ rɪˈprɛs /
verb (used with object)
to keep under control, check, or suppress (desires, feelings, actions, tears, etc.).
to keep down or suppress (anything objectionable).
to put down or quell (sedition, disorder, etc.).
to reduce (persons) to subjection.
Psychoanalysis. to reject (painful or disagreeable ideas, memories, feelings, or impulses) from the conscious mind.
verb (used without object)
to initiate or undergo repression.
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Origin of repress
synonym study for repress
1. See check1.
OTHER WORDS FROM repress
re·press·i·ble, adjectivenon·re·press·i·ble, adjectivenon·re·press·i·ble·ness, nounnon·re·press·i·bly, adverb
o·ver·re·press, verb (used with object)un·re·press·i·ble, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for repressible
The young man's heart beat for a moment with repressible excitement.From Canal Boy to President|Horatio Alger, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for repressible
/ (rɪˈprɛs) /
to keep (feelings, etc) under control; suppress or restrainto repress a desire
to put into a state of subjugationto repress a people
psychoanal to banish (thoughts and impulses that conflict with conventional standards of conduct) from one's conscious mind
Derived forms of repressrepresser, nounrepressible, adjective
Word Origin for repress
C14: from Latin reprimere to press back, from re- + premere to press 1
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Medical definitions for repressible
[ rĭ-prĕs′ ]
To hold back by an act of volition.
To exclude something from the conscious mind.
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