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suppress

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transitive verb sup·press \sə-ˈpres\

Simple Definition of suppress

  • : 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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of suppress

  1. 1 :  to put down by authority or force :  subdue <suppress a riot>

  2. 2 :  to keep from public knowledge: asa :  to keep secretb :  to stop or prohibit the publication or revelation of <suppress the test results>

  3. 3a :  to exclude from consciousnessb :  to keep from giving vent to :  check <suppressed her anger>

  4. 4 obsolete :  to press down

  5. 5a :  to restrain from a usual course or action <suppress a cough>b :  to inhibit the growth or development of

  6. 6 :  to inhibit the genetic expression of <suppress a mutation>

suppressibility

play \-ˌpre-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

suppressible

play \-ˈpre-sə-bəl\ adjective

suppressive

play \-ˈpre-siv\ adjective

suppressiveness

play \-nəs\ noun

Examples of suppress in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of suppress

Middle English, from Latin suppressus, past participle of supprimere, from sub- + premere to press — more at press


First Known Use: 14th century


SUPPRESS Defined for Kids

suppress

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verb sup·press \sə-ˈpres\

Definition of suppress for Students

suppressed

suppressing

  1. 1 :  to put down (as by authority or force) :  subdue <Police suppressed a riot.>

  2. 2 :  to hold back :  repress <The girls could hardly suppress a smile.>




Medical Dictionary

suppress

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transitive verb sup·press \sə-ˈpres\

Medical Definition of suppress

  1. 1:  to exclude from consciousness <suppressed anxiety>

  2. 2:  to restrain from a usual course or action <suppress a cough>

  3. 3:  inhibit 2 <suppresses the human immune response—Josie Glausiusz>; especially :  to inhibit the genetic expression of <suppress a mutation>

suppressibility

\-ˌpres-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē\play noun plural

suppressibilities

suppressible

\-ˈpres-ə-bəl\play adjective



Law Dictionary

suppress

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transitive verb sup·press \sə-ˈpres\

Legal Definition of suppress

  1. 1 :  to put down by authority or force

  2. 2a :  to keep secret b :  to stop or prohibit the publication or revelation of

  3. 3a :  to exclude (illegally obtained evidence) from use at trial <suppress narcotics found in violation of the right against unreasonable search and seizure> b :  to fail to disclose (material evidence favorable to a defendant) in violation of due process <accused the prosecution of suppressing evidence> — compare brady material

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to suppress evidence

suppressible

adjective

suppression

\-ˈpre-shən\ play noun




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