- 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
Examples from the Web for suppressed
Suppressed, banned, scorned—it seems to speak to something within the human mind (or soul, if you like) that is irrepressible.Meet Krampus, the Seriously Bad Santa
December 5, 2014
Emotions once suppressed, emotions once channeled, now are let loose.‘Why Have I Lost Control?’: Cory Booker in ’92 on Rodney King Echoes Ferguson
November 26, 2014
He suppressed a belch and then looked up at her with a mischievous grin.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life
September 6, 2014
Oloroso is even darker and nuttier; flor growth is suppressed and the wine is exposed to oxygen from an early age.Why Maya Angelou Loved Sherry, The Drink of Brilliant Renegades
June 15, 2014
“If done chronically, it can lead to a suppressed immune system, chronic fatigue and memory issues,” he says.Can Changing Time Zones Affect Your Health?
June 13, 2014
And the undercurrent of suppressed excitement, the sensation of Her!The Bacillus of Beauty
A suppressed exhilaration rose-tinted every projected scheme.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
"I shall not read you this," she said finally in a strangled, suppressed voice.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
He entered with a face of suppressed joy and affected melancholy.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
Resolutely he suppressed his sympathy for the ghost of Comrade Verloc, and went on.The Secret Agent
- 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 and History for suppressed
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.