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English definition of “repress”


verb [T]     /rɪˈpres/
to not allow something, especially feelings , to be expressed : He repressed a sudden desire to cry .Controlling emotionsCalm and relaxedNot showing or feeling emotions to control what people do, especially by using force Controlling and being in chargeRuling and governing
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