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- (transitive) To forcefully prevent an upheaval from developing further.
- to repress rebellion or sedition
- to repress the first risings of discontent
- (transitive, by extension) To check; to keep back.
- 1671, John Milton, Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: […] J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398, lines 542–544, page 37:
- Deſire of wine and all delicious drinks […] Thou couldſt repreſs,
- (forcefully preventing an upheaval from developing): to crush; to quell; to subdue; to suppress
- (to keep back): to restrain; to hold back
forcefully prevent an upheaval from developing
to keep back
- To press again.
- to repress a vinyl record
repress (plural represses)
- A record pressed again; a repressing.
- 2010, Clinton Heylin, Bootleg! The Rise And Fall Of The Secret Recording Industry:
- Save for the shows he actually taped — Dylan, Springsteen, Page & Plant and other kindred spirits — his own titles by 1994 were just represses of hard-to-find Japanese or American titles.