suppress

verb
sup·​press | \ sə-ˈpres How to pronounce suppress (audio) \
suppressed; suppressing; suppresses

Definition of suppress

transitive verb

1 : to put down by authority or force : subdue suppress a riot
2 : to keep from public knowledge: such as
a : to keep secret
b : to stop or prohibit the publication or revelation of suppress the test results
3a : to exclude from consciousness
b : 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

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Other Words from suppress

suppressibility \ sə-​ˌpre-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce suppressibility (audio) \ noun
suppressible \ sə-​ˈpre-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce suppressible (audio) \ adjective
suppressive \ sə-​ˈpre-​siv How to pronounce suppressive (audio) \ adjective
suppressiveness \ sə-​ˈpre-​siv-​nəs How to pronounce suppressiveness (audio) \ noun

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web India has often tried to suppress uprisings in the region, including a bloody armed rebellion in 1989. Washington Post, "India arrests senior Kashmir leader under controversial law," 16 Sep. 2019 To avoid the teasing, Vitz tried to suppress his interest in winged creatures. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, "Guardian of the birds: State’s ornithologist warns we can’t do without them," 8 Sep. 2019 There are many unknowns about how nefarious actors may try to suppress the count by introducing doubt about the confidentiality of the census and how data is used. Bill Lambrecht, ExpressNews.com, "Advocates push Census Bureau to prepare for security breaches, disinformation ahead of 2020 count," 30 Aug. 2019 Indonesian security forces have tried to suppress a tiny separatist movement, often with brutal tactics. The Economist, "Violent protests rack the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua," 24 Aug. 2019 In fact, most mass-shooters don’t have a history of mental health problems, an inconvenient detail the Trump administration has tried to suppress. Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards, The Mercury News, "Editorial: As Trump stumbles, Democrats should lead on gun reform," 22 Aug. 2019 India has often tried to suppress uprisings, including a bloody armed rebellion in 1989. NBC News, "At least 2,300 detained in locked-down Indian-ruled Kashmir," 21 Aug. 2019 In 2006, Hal Salwasser, then the school’s dean, led a contingent of professors who tried to suppress the publication of a graduate student’s work in Science, the nation’s preeminent scientific journal. oregonlive.com, "‘Majestic’ Douglas fir stood for 420 years. Then Oregon State University foresters cut it down," 26 July 2019 Mitchell tried to suppress the evidence, arguing the blood draw violated his rights, but lost. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In Wisconsin case, U.S. Supreme court says police can draw blood from unconscious drivers without warrant," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of suppress

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for suppress

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

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suppress

verb
How to pronounce suppress (audio)

English Language Learners 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)

suppress

verb
sup·​press | \ sə-ˈpres How to pronounce suppress (audio) \
suppressed; suppressing

Kids Definition of suppress

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.
sup·​press | \ sə-ˈpres How to pronounce suppress (audio) \

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 sense 2 suppresses the human immune response— Josie Glausiusz especially : to inhibit the genetic expression of suppress a mutation

Other Words from suppress

suppressibility \ -​ˌpres-​ə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce suppressibility (audio) \ noun, plural suppressibilities
suppressible \ -​ˈpres-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce suppressible (audio) \ adjective

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sup·​press | \ sə-ˈpres How to pronounce suppress (audio) \

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

intransitive verb

: to suppress evidence

Other Words from suppress

suppressible adjective
suppression \ -​ˈpre-​shən How to pronounce suppression (audio) \ noun

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