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Middle English (in the sense ‘keep back something objectionable’): from Latin repress- ‘pressed back, checked’, from the verb reprimere, from re- ‘back’ + premere ‘to press’

Late Middle English: from Old French oppresser, from medieval Latin oppressare, from Latin oppress- ‘pressed against’, from the verb opprimere, from ob- ‘against’ + premere ‘to press’

Late Middle English (also in the sense ‘press out, obtain by squeezing’, used figuratively to mean ‘extort’): from Old French expresser, based on Latin ex- ‘out’ + pressare or premere ‘to press’; express meaning ‘intended for a particular purpose’ is from another Latin word primere ‘to press’—the source of express train and other uses that involve high speed

Late Middle English: from Old French compresser or late Latin compressare, frequentative of Latin comprimere, from com- ‘together’ + premere ‘to press’; or directly from compress- ‘pressed together’, from the verb comprimere

Middle English: from Old French presse (noun), presser (verb), from Latin pressare ‘keep pressing’, frequentative of premere ‘to press’—the source also of print (Middle English), pressure (Late Middle English), depress (Late Middle English), etc.

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