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suppress

transitive verb sup·press \sə-ˈpres\

: to end or stop (something) by force

: to keep (something) secret : to not allow people to know about or see (something)

: to not allow yourself to feel, show, or be affected by (an emotion)

Full Definition of SUPPRESS

1
:  to put down by authority or force :  subdue <suppress a riot>
2
:  to keep from public knowledge: as
a :  to keep secret
b :  to stop or prohibit the publication or revelation of <suppress the test results>
3
a :  to exclude from consciousness
b :  to keep from giving vent to :  check <suppressed her anger>
4
obsolete :  to press down
5
a :  to restrain from a usual course or action <suppress a cough>
b :  to inhibit the growth or development of
6
:  to inhibit the genetic expression of <suppress a mutation>
sup·press·ibil·i·ty \-ˌpre-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
sup·press·ible \-ˈpre-sə-bəl\ adjective
sup·pres·sive \-ˈpre-siv\ adjective
sup·pres·sive·ness \-nəs\ noun

Examples of SUPPRESS

  1. Political dissent was brutally suppressed.
  2. The governor tried to suppress the news.
  3. He struggled to suppress his feelings of jealousy.
  4. She could not suppress her anger.
  5. I had to suppress an urge to tell him what I really thought.

Origin of SUPPRESS

Middle English, from Latin suppressus, past participle of supprimere, from sub- + premere to press — more at press
First Known Use: 14th century

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SUPPRESS Defined for Kids

suppress

verb sup·press \sə-ˈpres\
sup·pressedsup·press·ing

Definition of SUPPRESS for Kids

1
:  to put down (as by authority or force) :  subdue <Police suppressed a riot.>
2
:  to hold back :  repress <The girls could hardly suppress a smile.>
Medical Dictionary

suppress

transitive verb sup·press \sə-ˈpres\

Medical Definition of SUPPRESS

1
:  to exclude from consciousness <suppressed anxiety>
2
:  to restrain from a usual course or action <suppress a cough>
3
:  inhibit 2 <suppresses the human immune response—Josie Glausiusz>; especially :  to inhibit the genetic expression of <suppress a mutation>
sup·press·ibil·i·ty \-ˌpres-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē\ noun, plural sup·press·ibil·i·ties
sup·press·ible \-ˈpres-ə-bəl\ adjective

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