Meaning of “oppress” in the English Dictionary

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oppressverb [ T ]

us /əˈpres/

oppress verb [ T ] (RULE)

to govern people 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 person feel uncomfortable or anxious:

He's feeling oppressed by the approach of a deadline.
noun [ U ] us /əˈpreʃ·ən/

There’s less oppression and freer speech here now.
adverb us /əˈpres·ɪv·li/

It was oppressively hot on the bus.
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)