verb (used with object)

Origin of suppress

1375–1425; late Middle English suppressen < Latin suppressus (past participle of supprimere to press down), equivalent to sup- sup- + pressus (see press1)
Related formssup·pressed·ly [suh-prest-lee, -pres-id-] /səˈprɛst li, -ˈprɛs ɪd-/, adverbsup·press·i·ble, adjectivesup·pres·sive, adjectivesup·pres·sive·ly, adverbsup·pres·sor, sup·press·er, nounnon·sup·pressed, adjectivenon·sup·pres·sive, adjectivenon·sup·pres·sive·ly, adverbnon·sup·pres·sive·ness, nounpre·sup·press, verb (used with object)qua·si-sup·pressed, adjectivere·sup·press, verb (used with object)self-sup·press·ing, adjectiveself-sup·pres·sive, adjectiveun·sup·pressed, adjectiveun·sup·press·i·ble, adjectiveun·sup·pres·sive, adjectivewell-sup·pressed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for suppressed

Contemporary Examples of suppressed

Historical Examples of suppressed

  • And the undercurrent of suppressed excitement, the sensation of Her!

  • A suppressed exhilaration rose-tinted every projected scheme.


    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.

  • Resolutely he suppressed his sympathy for the ghost of Comrade Verloc, and went on.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for suppressed


verb (tr)

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
  1. to reduce or eliminate (unwanted oscillations) in a circuit
  2. to eliminate (a particular frequency or group of frequencies) in a signal
  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 (def. 3)
Derived Formssuppresser, nounsuppressible, adjective

Word Origin for suppress

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

suppressed in Medicine




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.
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