oppress Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"oppress" in British English

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oppressverb

uk   us   /əˈpres/

oppress verb (RULE)

[T often passive] to ​governpeople in an ​unfair and ​cruel way and ​prevent them from having ​opportunities and ​freedom: For ​years now, the ​people have been oppressed by a ​ruthlessdictator.

oppress verb (MAKE UNCOMFORTABLE)

[T] to make a ​personfeeluncomfortable or ​worried, and sometimes ​ill: Strange ​dreams and ​nightmares oppressed him.
(Definition of oppress from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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oppressverb [T]

 us   /əˈpres/

oppress verb [T] (RULE)

to ​governpeople in an ​unfair and ​cruel way and ​prevent them from having ​opportunities and ​freedom: In his ​speech he ​spoke against those who ​continue to oppress the ​poor.

oppress verb [T] (MAKE UNCOMFORTABLE)

to make a ​personfeeluncomfortable or ​anxious: He's ​feeling oppressed by the ​approach of a ​deadline.
oppression
noun [U]  us   /əˈpreʃ·ən/
There’s less oppression and ​freerspeech here now.
oppressively
adverb  us   /əˈpres·ɪv·li/
It was oppressively ​hot on the ​bus.
oppressor
noun [C]  us   /əˈpres·ər/
They’re not the ​powerful oppressors that ​society says they are.
(Definition of oppress from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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