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oppress

verb uk   /əˈpres/ us  

oppress verb (RULE)

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

oppress verb (MAKE UNCOMFORTABLE)

[T] to make a person feel uncomfortable or worried, and sometimes ill: Strange dreams and nightmares oppressed him.
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