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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to contain)
a. to suppress (a yawn, one's laughter, an impulse)
Matilda reprimió un bostezo y se incorporó en la silla.Matilda suppressed a yawn, and sat up in her chair.
b. to hold in (one's laughter or tears)
Reprimimos la risa como pudimos, pero creo que se dio cuenta.We held in our laughter as well as we could, but I think he noticed.
c. to control (one's anger)
No pudo reprimir más su rabia y empezó a gritarnos.She couldn't control her anger any longer, and she started yelling at us.
2. (to quell)
a. to suppress (an uprising)
El ejército reprimió el levantamiento, dejando atrás cientos de muertos y heridos.The army suppressed the uprising, leaving behind hundreds of dead and wounded.
3. (psychology)
a. to repress (one's feelings)
No es bueno reprimir las emociones.It isn't good for you to repress your emotions.
4. (to oppress)
a. to repress
Su marido la tiene reprimida.Her husband represses her.
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
5. (to contain oneself)
a. to stop oneself
No se pudo reprimir y le confesó toda la verdad.She couldn't stop herself from confessing the whole truth to him.
6. (psychology)
a. to repress one's feelings
No es cuestión de reprimirse, sino de aprender a encauzar tus sentimientos.It's not a question of repressing your feelings, but rather of learning to channel them.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (llanto, risa)
a. to suppress
2. (minorías, disidentes)
a. to repress
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (general)
reprimirse (de hacer algo)to restrain oneself (from doing something)
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transitive verb
1 [+deseos, impulsos] to repress
2 [+rebelión] to suppress
3 [+bostezo] to suppress; [+risa] to hold in; hold back
pronominal verb
reprimirse de hacer algo to stop o.s. (from) doing sth
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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