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suppress

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of suppress

  1. 1 to keep from being publicly known the government tried to suppress the truth about that incident Synonyms of suppress burke, cover (up), hush (up) Words Related to suppress black out, censor, gag, muzzle, silence; quash, repress, smother, spike, squash, squelch, stifle, strangle, throttle Near Antonyms of suppress debunk, expose, reveal, show up, uncloak, uncover, unmask; blab, disclose, divulge, spill, tell, unveil; broadcast, circulate, publish, spread; describe, narrate, recite, recount, rehearse, relate, report

  2. 2 to refrain from openly showing or uttering he managed to suppress a scream at the sight of the dead body suppressed her anger Synonyms of suppress choke (back), hold back, pocket, repress, sink, smother, stifle, strangle, submerge, swallow Words Related to suppress control, govern, manage; bridle, check, curb, quash, quell; bottle up, contain; muffle, squelch Near Antonyms of suppress express, loose, release, take out, unleash, vent

  3. 3 to hold back the normal growth of pruning helps suppress buds at the ends of developed branches and encourages new growth elsewhere Synonyms of suppress dwarf, stuntWords Related to suppress arrest, catch, check, halt, hold up, stall, stay, still, stop; balk, block, hold back, impede, obstruct, stem; diminish, downsize, shrinkNear Antonyms of suppress advance, boost, encourage, forward, foster, nourish, nurture, promote

  4. 4 to put a stop to (something) by the use of force nothing could suppress the rising tide of protest against the dictator's latest injustices Synonyms of suppress clamp down (on), crack down (on), crush, put down, quash, repress, silence, slap down, snuff (out), squash, squelch, subdue, quellWords Related to suppress douse (also dowse), extinguish, put out, quench; smother, stifle, strangle, throttle; annihilate, decimate, demolish, desolate, destroy, devastate, nuke, rub out, ruin, smash, waste, wreck; exterminate, obliterate, wipe out; conquer, dominate, overcome, overpower, overwhelm, subdue, subjugate, vanquishNear Antonyms of suppress abet, aid, assist, back, help, prop up, support; foment, incite, instigate, provoke, stir, whip (up); advance, cultivate, encourage, forward, foster, further, nourish, nurture, promote

  5. 5 to keep secret or shut off from view the defense attorney is openly accusing the prosecutor of attempting to suppress vital evidence Synonyms of suppress belie, blanket, blot out, cloak, conceal, cover, curtain, disguise, enshroud, mask, obscure, occult, paper over, screen, shroud, hide, veilWords Related to suppress bury, camouflage, cover (up), smother; gild, gloss (over), varnish, whitewash; becloud, bedim, befog, block, cloud, darken, eclipse, obstruct, occlude, overcast, overshadow, shadeNear Antonyms of suppress bring out, present; clarify, illuminate; advertise, air, broadcast, get out, proclaim, publicize, publish, spreadAntonyms of suppress bare, disclose, display, divulge, expose, reveal, show, uncloak, uncover, unmask, unveil



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