[ suh-pres ]
/ səˈprɛs /
verb (used with object)
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.
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Origin of suppress
OTHER WORDS FROM suppress
sup·pressed·ly [suh-prest-lee, -pres-id-] /səˈprɛst li, -ˈprɛs ɪd-/, adverbsup·press·i·ble, adjectivesup·pres·sive, adjectivesup·pres·sive·ly, adverb
sup·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
Words nearby suppress
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British Dictionary definitions for suppressible
/ (səˈprɛs) /
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)
Derived forms of suppresssuppresser, 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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Medical definitions for suppressible
[ sə-prĕs′ ]
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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