Definition of suppress
1 : to put down by authority or force : subdue <suppress a riot>
2 : to keep from public knowledge: asa : to keep secretb : to stop or prohibit the publication or revelation of <suppress the test results>
3a : to exclude from consciousnessb : to keep from giving vent to : check <suppressed her anger>
4 obsolete : to press down
5a : 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>
suppressibilityplay \-ˌpre-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
suppressibleplay \-ˈpre-sə-bəl\ adjective
suppressiveplay \-ˈpre-siv\ adjective
suppressivenessplay \-nəs\ noun
Examples of suppress in a sentence
Political dissent was brutally suppressed.
The governor tried to suppress the news.
He struggled to suppress his feelings of jealousy.
She could not suppress her anger.
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 English Language Learners
Definition of suppress for English Language Learners
: 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)
SUPPRESS Defined for Kids
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>
suppressibility\-ˌpres-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē\play noun plural
Legal Definition of suppress
1 : to put down by authority or force
2a : to keep secret b : to stop or prohibit the publication or revelation of
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
: to suppress evidence
suppression\-ˈpre-shən\ play noun
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up suppress? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).