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 suppress (audio) \ noun
suppressible \ sə-​ˈpre-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce suppress (audio) \ adjective
suppressive \ sə-​ˈpre-​siv How to pronounce suppress (audio) \ adjective
suppressiveness \ sə-​ˈpre-​siv-​nəs How to pronounce suppress (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 Any attempt to suppress this impulse is simply not going to fly. Washington Post, "Maradona was great, and maybe the greatest. Can we make similar claims about artists?," 25 Dec. 2020 Powell and Hartmann said Democrats called them racists, accusing them of refusing to accept ballots from predominately African-American communities in an alleged effort to suppress the vote. Fox News, "Michigan GOP election official tells Laura Ingraham she was doxed over certification vote," 21 Nov. 2020 These individuals clearly infringed upon that right in a blatant attempt to suppress votes and undermine the integrity of this election. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Right-wing hoaxers Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman hit with felony charges in Cleveland tied to multi-state voter robocall campaign," 27 Oct. 2020 Disinformation campaigns have also targeted Black voters, particularly in 2016, in an attempt to suppress their votes. Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles Times, "For Latinos, combating disinformation about the election often starts at home," 26 Oct. 2020 But Jefferson County officials and Secretary of State John Merrill said in interviews that there was no effort to suppress the vote. Connor Sheets | Csheets@al.com, al, "Jeffco clears way for Saturday in-person absentee voting after advocates raise concerns," 16 Oct. 2020 In its statement, Paytm suggested that Google temporarily removed its app in an attempt to suppress a formidable rival. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "India’s most-valued unicorn accuses Google of misusing its dominance," 20 Sep. 2020 People undergoing treatment for failing kidneys also run a greater risk, as do those with cancer and other conditions where treatments suppress immune systems. Kim Hyatt, Star Tribune, "44 more COVID deaths, 2,165 new cases in Minnesota," 10 Jan. 2021 On Thursday, Macron became the latest world leader to contract the virus, as countries across Europe struggle to suppress a spike in infections in the run-up to the holiday period. NBC News, "Coronavirus updates: Covid cases rise and Moderna vaccine authorized," 20 Dec. 2020

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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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19 Feb 2021

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“Suppress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suppress. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for suppress

suppress

verb

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.

suppress

transitive verb
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 suppress (audio) \ noun, plural suppressibilities
suppressible \ -​ˈpres-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce suppress (audio) \ adjective

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suppress

transitive verb
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 suppress (audio) \ noun

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