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

Synonyms for suppress

Synonyms

burke, cover (up), hush (up)

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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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By suppressing the amount of TGF-beta in cells, the ALK5 inhibitor had been shown to stimulate the growth of new brain cells and improve muscle and tissue health. The Economist, "Uncovering how the body ages is leading to drugs to reverse it," 12 Sep. 2019 Freeze the assets of—and bar US entry to—officials who are found to be complicit in suppressing basic freedoms in Hong Kong, including the rendition of individuals to mainland China. Mary Hui, Quartz, "The US legislation Hong Kong’s protesters want passed," 9 Sep. 2019 Game is now trying to apologize for his work in suppressing other people’s identities. Time, "Former Gay Conversion Therapy Leader Comes Out, Apologizes to LGBTQ Community," 4 Sep. 2019 Of his role in suppressing the facts of climate change, fighting access to medical coverage for low-income Americans and undermining the expansion of renewable energy, MIT was completely, utterly silent. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: How MIT whitewashed the climate change denialism of a major donor, David Koch," 26 Aug. 2019 Attendees will learn the principles used by firefighters in suppressing wildland fires and protecting structures in the WUI. Ramona Sentinel, "Workshop to focus on wildfires in high-risk areas," 9 Aug. 2019 Some elements of the Left, such as Antifa, have openly embraced violence as a means of suppressing unpopular political speech, but Senator Booker’s more polite model is more common and, if anything, more insidious. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Reflex toward Illiberal Democracy," 7 Aug. 2019 Assistant District Attorney Patricia Cummings accused former police and prosecutors of suppressing evidence. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Freed after 25 years for murder: Evidence showed man was 'likely innocent' the whole time," 17 July 2019 Now, Trump regularly accuses the big social media platforms of suppressing conservative voices. CBS News, "White House social media summit to snub tech giants, host conservative personalities," 9 July 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

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 suppressibility (audio) \ noun, plural suppressibilities
suppressible \ -​ˈpres-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce suppressible (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 suppression (audio) \ noun

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