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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
repress (verb)
transitive verb
1.
a) to check by or as if by pressure - curb injustice was repressed
b) to put down by force - subdue repress a disturbance
2.
a) to hold in by self-control - repressed a laugh
b) to prevent the natural or normal expression, activity, or development of - repressed her anger
3.
to exclude from consciousness - repressed the memory of abuse
4.
intransitive verb
to inactivate (a gene or formation of a gene product) by allosteric combination at a DNA binding site to take repressive action
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
repress (verb)
1.
to put a stop to (something) by the use of force
SYNONIMS:
clamp down (on), crack down (on), crush, put down, quash, repress, silence, slap down, snuff (out), squash, squelch, subdue, suppress
RELATED WORDS:
douse ( dowse), extinguish, put out, quench; smother, stifle, strangle, throttle; annihilate, decimate, demolish, desolate, destroy, devastate, nuke, rub out, ruin, smash, waste, wreck; exterminate, obliterate, wipe out; conquer, dominate, overcome, overpower, overwhelm, subdue, subjugate, vanquish
NEAR ANTONYMS:
abet, aid, assist, back, help, prop up, support; foment, incite, instigate, provoke, stir, whip (up); advance, cultivate, encourage, forward, foster, further, nourish, nurture, promote
repress (verb)
2.
to refrain from openly showing or uttering
SYNONIMS:
choke (back), hold back, pocket, repress, sink, smother, stifle, strangle, submerge, swallow
RELATED WORDS:
control, govern, manage; bridle, check, curb, quash, quell; bottle up, contain; muffle, squelch
NEAR ANTONYMS:
express, loose, release, take out, unleash, vent
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