Pronunciation: (u-pres'),[key] —v.t. 1. to burden with cruel or unjust impositions or restraints; subject to a burdensome or harsh exercise of authority or power: a people oppressed by totalitarianism. 2. to lie heavily upon (the mind, a person, etc.): Care and sorrow oppressed them. 3. to weigh down, as sleep or weariness does.
4. Archaic.to put down; subdue or suppress.
5. Archaic.to press upon or against; crush.