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op·press

oppress

 
pronunciation:
pres
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part of speech: verb
inflections: oppresses, oppressing, oppressed
definition 1: to treat in a way that is cruel or not fair.
Many dictators have oppressed the citizens of their countries.
synonyms:
abuse
similar words:
grind, mistreat, persecute, prosecute
definition 2: to trouble or burden.
The thought of all that homework oppresses me.The terrible heat oppressed us.
synonyms:
overwhelm, weigh down
similar words:
bother, burden, depress, discourage, hamper, harass, tax, trouble
derivation: oppressor (n.)
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