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[ suh-pres ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to put an end to the activities of (a person, body of persons, etc.):

    to suppress the Communist and certain left-leaning parties.

  2. to do away with by or as by authority; abolish; stop (a practice, custom, etc.).
  3. to keep in or repress (a feeling, smile, groan, etc.).
  4. to withhold from disclosure or publication (truth, evidence, a book, names, etc.).
  5. to stop or arrest (a flow, hemorrhage, cough, etc.).
  6. to vanquish or subdue (a revolt, rebellion, etc.); quell; crush.
  7. Genetics. to keep (a gene) from being expressed:

    Let's say that future genetic engineers discover a gene for suicidal depression, and learn how to suppress the gene or adjust it.

  8. Electricity. to reduce or eliminate (an irregular or undesired oscillation or frequency) in a circuit.


/ səˈprɛs /


  1. to put an end to; prohibit
  2. to hold in check; restrain

    I was obliged to suppress a smile

  3. to withhold from circulation or publication

    to suppress seditious pamphlets

  4. to stop the activities of; crush

    to suppress a rebellion

  5. electronics
    1. to reduce or eliminate (unwanted oscillations) in a circuit
    2. to eliminate (a particular frequency or group of frequencies) in a signal
  6. psychiatry
    1. to resist consciously (an idea or a desire entering one's mind)
    2. to exercise self-control by preventing the expression of (certain desires) Compare repress
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Derived Forms

  • supˈpresser, noun
  • supˈpressible, adjective
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Other Words From

  • sup·press·i·ble adjective
  • sup·pres·sive adjective
  • sup·pres·sive·ly adverb
  • sup·pres·sor sup·press·er noun
  • non·sup·pres·sive adjective
  • non·sup·pres·sive·ly adverb
  • non·sup·pres·sive·ness noun
  • pre·sup·press verb (used with object)
  • re·sup·press verb (used with object)
  • self-sup·press·ing adjective
  • self-sup·pres·sive adjective
  • un·sup·press·i·ble adjective
  • un·sup·pres·sive adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of suppress1

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English suppressen, from Latin suppressus (past participle of supprimere “to press down”), equivalent to sup- sup- + pressus ( press 1 )
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Word History and Origins

Origin of suppress1

C14: from Latin suppressus held down, from supprimere to restrain, from sub- down + premere to press
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Example Sentences

Hysteria in women, another excuse to suppress their sexuality, became shell-shock for men.

The goal of eliminating every smallpox case in the world, rather than just suppressing the virus, sounded implausibly lofty.

From Vox

In December, The Post revealed a series of Huawei-linked surveillance products that were marketed as being able to suppress potential protests or predict individuals’ ethnicities.

Efficacy is a consideration for patients whose underlying cancer or treatment suppresses their immune systems.

In the movie, Wendy tells us the drug “suppressed my appetite and gave me all the chemical courage I thought I needed.”

Ironic, since it was originally meant to suppress sugar lust.

But not even the threat of death can suppress the urge to live vicariously through Jack Dawson and James Bond.

And, according to some research, higher insulin levels have been shown to suppress fat metabolism by up to 22 percent.

The AG and his allies have claimed that voter ID laws suppress black votes.

In the 21st century, however, we suppress the magic of it and succumb to the fear of it.

I do not know how things are in America but in England there has been a ridiculous attempt to suppress Bolshevik propaganda.

A cry I was quite unable to suppress escaped me, and the creature turned on the instant and stared at me with baleful eyes.

I cannot suppress the sharp reply that springs to my lips: "The low servant girl is as good as you."

I could die now, but they would suppress my explanation, and the People thus remain ignorant of my aim and purpose.

Suppress with a single blow all the poetry in verse, or else speak with esteem of those who possess the secrets.