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English definition of “oppress”

oppress

verb [T]     /əˈpres/
LIMIT FREEDOM to treat a group of people in an unfair way, often by limiting their freedom: [often passive] Women were oppressed by a society which considered them inferior.Ruling and governing
MAKE ANXIOUS to make someone feel anxious: The thought of tomorrow's interview oppressed him.Causing anxiety and worryMaking people sad, shocked and upset
(Definition of oppress verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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