Meaning of “repress” - Learner’s Dictionary

repress

verb [ T ] us uk /rɪˈpres/
FEELINGS

to stop yourself from showing your true feelings:

Brigitta repressed a sudden desire to cry.
CONTROL PEOPLE

to control what people do, especially by using force

repression noun [ U ] us uk /rɪˈpreʃən/

the act of repressing someone or something

(Definition of “repress” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)