Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb repress

4 senses of repress

Sense 1
repress, quash, keep down, subdue, subjugate, reduce -- (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")
       => oppress, suppress, crush -- (come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority; "The government oppresses political activists")

Sense 2
smother, stifle, strangle, muffle, repress -- (conceal or hide; "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a yawn")
       => suppress, stamp down, inhibit, subdue, conquer, curb -- (to put down by force or authority; "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires")

Sense 3
suppress, repress -- (put out of one's consciousness)
       => forget, bury -- (dismiss from the mind; stop remembering; "I tried to bury these unpleasant memories")

Sense 4
repress -- (block the action of)
       => change -- (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night")

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