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Multiple Meanings
repress

She could barely repress a smile as she scolded her son for fidgeting.
to hold something back

or:

to subjugate (oppress or hold others down)

In psychology, repress has a more specialized meaning where something is put out of one’s consciousness. For example, someone with repressed anger may not consciously realize they are angry, yet the anger still affects their mind and body.
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