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 The surging pandemic will suppress economic activity more this winter. Michael R. Strain, Star Tribune, "Don't be fooled. The coronavirus economy still needs help.," 18 Nov. 2020 But a vaccine will likely suppress the spread of the virus below pandemic and epidemic levels. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "The US reported the most single-day Covid-19 deaths since May and experts say pandemic is accelerating," 12 Nov. 2020 For now, though, don’t suppress your wanderlust; figure out a way to travel without leaving the comforts (and safety) of home. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for October 31, 2020," 31 Oct. 2020 Democrats accuse Republicans of attempting to suppress the vote, pointing to lawsuits that would clearly invalidate ballots. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan prepares for possible legal challenges on and after Election Day," 22 Oct. 2020 Yet powerful forces continue to suppress Treasurys yields, keeping them near historic lows. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Treasury Yields Touch Multi-Month Highs," 21 Oct. 2020 Offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren didn’t suppress his thoughts when asked about Oregon State’s first scrimmage of training camp. oregonlive, "Is Tristan Gebbia Oregon State’s quarterback this season, or can 1 of 3 others overtake him?," 21 Oct. 2020 Throughout the pandemic, Netflix has warned that the subscriber boom wouldn’t last -- and in fact, that its surge in new customers could suppress growth in the future. Lucas Shaw, Fortune, "Netflix’s pandemic growth slows, sending shares tumbling," 20 Oct. 2020 Yet throughout the pandemic, the company has warned that the subscriber boom wouldn’t last -- and in fact, that its surge in new customers could suppress growth in the future. Lucas Shaw, Bloomberg.com, "Netflix Drops After Results Show Tough Streaming Competition," 20 Oct. 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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The first known use of suppress was in the 14th century

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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Suppress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suppress. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for suppress

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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