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English verb: repress

1. repress (social) put down by force or intimidation


SamplesThe government quashes any attempt of an uprising.
China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently.
The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land.


Synonymskeep down, quash, reduce, subdue, subjugate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)crush, oppress, suppress

2. repress (contact) conceal or hide


SamplesSmother a yawn.
Muffle one's anger.
Strangle a yawn.


Synonymsmuffle, smother, stifle, strangle


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress

3. repress (cognition) put out of one's consciousness


Synonymssuppress


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)bury, forget


Narrower (hyponym)swallow


Domain categorypsychiatry, psychological medicine, psychopathology

4. repress (change) block the action of


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change









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