- to put an end to the activities of (a person, body of persons, etc.): to suppress the Communist and certain left-leaning parties.
- to do away with by or as by authority; abolish; stop (a practice, custom, etc.).
- to keep in or repress (a feeling, smile, groan, etc.).
- to withhold from disclosure or publication (truth, evidence, a book, names, etc.).
- to stop or arrest (a flow, hemorrhage, cough, etc.).
- to vanquish or subdue (a revolt, rebellion, etc.); quell; crush.
- Electricity. to reduce or eliminate (an irregular or undesired oscillation or frequency) in a circuit.
Origin of suppress
Related Words for suppresssubdue, quench, censor, curb, repress, muzzle, abolish, crush, quash, overthrow, overcome, quell, stifle, conceal, withhold, contain, silence, clamp, annihilate, muffle
Examples from the Web for suppress
Contemporary Examples of suppress
Ironic, since it was originally meant to suppress sugar lust.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts
December 24, 2014
But not even the threat of death can suppress the urge to live vicariously through Jack Dawson and James Bond.North Korea’s Secret Movie Bootleggers: How Western Films Make It Into the Hermit Kingdom
December 22, 2014
And, according to some research, higher insulin levels have been shown to suppress fat metabolism by up to 22 percent.Does Fasted Cardio Really Burn More Fat?
August 22, 2014
In the 21st century, however, we suppress the magic of it and succumb to the fear of it.Twin Disasters Turn 2014 Into the Year of Flying Dangerously
July 19, 2014
Higher Israeli authorities are trying to suppress vigilantism.Israelis and Arabs Shaken by the Aftershock of Teen Murders
July 7, 2014
Historical Examples of suppress
Linda tried hard but she could not suppress a chuckle: "Of course you would!"Her Father's Daughter
Isabel could not at once suppress the gratified note which crept of itself into her voice.Tiverton Tales
I am not only to suppress the evil, but to evoke the good elements in my nature.Self-Help
This growl he could not suppress; nor did the man-animal resent it by giving him a blow on the head.White Fang
You must suppress your gratitude, and endeavour to forget my forbearance in the matter of the bracelet.Barnaby Rudge
- to put an end to; prohibit
- to hold in check; restrainI was obliged to suppress a smile
- to withhold from circulation or publicationto suppress seditious pamphlets
- to stop the activities of; crushto suppress a rebellion
- to reduce or eliminate (unwanted oscillations) in a circuit
- to eliminate (a particular frequency or group of frequencies) in a signal
- to resist consciously (an idea or a desire entering one's mind)
- to exercise self-control by preventing the expression of (certain desires)Compare repress (def. 3)
Word Origin for suppress
late 14c., "to put down by force or authority," from Latin suppressus, past participle of supprimere "press down, stop, check, stifle," from sub "down, under" (see sub-) + premere "push against" (see press (v.1)). Sense of "prevent or prohibit the circulation of" is from 1550s. Related: Suppressed; suppressing.
- To curtail or inhibit the activity of something, such as the immune system.
- To deliberately exclude unacceptable desires or thoughts from the mind.
- To reduce the incidence or severity of a condition or symptom, such as a hemorrhage.