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suppress

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of suppress

  1. 1 to keep from being publicly known <the government tried to suppress the truth about that incident> Synonyms burke, cover (up), hush (up) Related Words black out, censor, gag, muzzle, silence; quash, repress, smother, spike, squash, squelch, stifle, strangle, throttle Near Antonyms debunk, expose, reveal, show up, uncloak, uncover, unmask; blab, disclose, divulge, spill, tell, unveil; broadcast, circulate, publish, spread; describe, narrate, recite, recount, rehearse, relate, report

  2. 2 to refrain from openly showing or uttering <he managed to suppress a scream at the sight of the dead body> <suppressed her anger> Synonyms choke (back), hold back, pocket, repress, sink, smother, stifle, strangle, submerge, swallow Related Words control, govern, manage; bridle, check, curb, quash, quell; bottle up, contain; muffle, squelch Near Antonyms express, loose, release, take out, unleash, vent

  3. 3 to hold back the normal growth of <pruning helps suppress buds at the ends of developed branches and encourages new growth elsewhere> Synonyms dwarf, stuntRelated Words arrest, catch, check, halt, hold up, stall, stay, still, stop; balk, block, hold back, impede, obstruct, stem; diminish, downsize, shrinkNear Antonyms advance, boost, encourage, forward, foster, nourish, nurture, promote

  4. 4 to put a stop to (something) by the use of force <nothing could suppress the rising tide of protest against the dictator's latest injustices> Synonyms clamp down (on), crack down (on), crush, put down, quash, repress, silence, slap down, snuff (out), squash, squelch, subdue, quellRelated Words douse (also dowse), extinguish, put out, quench; smother, stifle, strangle, throttle; annihilate, decimate, demolish, desolate, destroy, devastate, nuke, rub out, ruin, smash, waste, wreck; exterminate, obliterate, wipe out; conquer, dominate, overcome, overpower, overwhelm, subdue, subjugate, vanquishNear Antonyms abet, aid, assist, back, help, prop up, support; foment, incite, instigate, provoke, stir, whip (up); advance, cultivate, encourage, forward, foster, further, nourish, nurture, promote

  5. 5 to keep secret or shut off from view <the defense attorney is openly accusing the prosecutor of attempting to suppress vital evidence> Synonyms belie, blanket, blot out, cloak, conceal, cover, curtain, disguise, enshroud, mask, obscure, occult, paper over, screen, shroud, {h,1}hide, veilRelated Words bury, camouflage, cover (up), smother; gild, gloss (over), varnish, whitewash; becloud, bedim, befog, block, cloud, darken, eclipse, obstruct, occlude, overcast, overshadow, shadeNear Antonyms bring out, present; clarify, illuminate; advertise, air, broadcast, get out, proclaim, publicize, publish, spreadAntonyms bare, disclose, display, divulge, expose, reveal, show, uncloak, uncover, unmask, unveil




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