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re·press / riˈpres/ • v. [tr.] subdue (someone or something) by force: the uprisings were repressed. ∎  restrain or prevent (the expression of a feeling): Isabel couldn't repress a sharp cry of fear. ∎  suppress (a thought, feeling, or desire) in oneself so that it becomes or remains unconscious: the thought that he had killed his brother was so terrible that he repressed it. ∎  inhibit the natural development or self-expression of (someone or something): too much bureaucracy represses creativity. ∎  Biol. prevent the transcription of (a gene).DERIVATIVES: re·press·er·press·i·ble / -əbəl/·pres·sion / riˈpreshən/ n.