Definitions for suppresssəˈprɛs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to put an end to the activities of (a person, group, etc.).

  2. to do away with by or as if by authority; abolish; stop (a practice, custom, etc.).

  3. to inhibit (an impulse or action) consciously.

    Category: Psychiatry

  4. to withhold from disclosure or publication (evidence, a book, etc.).

  5. to stop or arrest (a cough, hemorrhage, etc.).

  6. to vanquish or subdue (a revolt, rebellion, etc.); quell; crush.

  7. to keep (a thought, memory, etc.) out of conscious awareness.

Origin of suppress:

1375–1425; late ME < L suppressus, ptp. of supprimere to press down =sup-sup - +-primere, comb. form of premere to press1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. suppress, stamp down, inhibit, subdue, conquer, curb(verb)

    to put down by force or authority

    "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires"

  2. oppress, suppress, crush(verb)

    come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority

    "The government oppresses political activists"

  3. inhibit, bottle up, suppress(verb)

    control and refrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior

  4. suppress, repress(verb)

    put out of one's consciousness

  5. suppress(verb)

    reduce the incidence or severity of or stop

    "suppress a yawn"; "this drug can suppress the hemorrhage"


  1. suppress(Verb)

    To hold in place, to keep low, to prevent publication.

    The government suppressed the findings of their research about the true state of the economy.

  2. suppress(Verb)

    To forbid the use of evidence at trial because it is improper or was improperly obtained.

  3. Origin: From suppressus, perfect passive participle of supprimo, from sub + premo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Suppress(verb)

    to overpower and crush; to subdue; to put down; to quell

  2. Suppress(verb)

    to keep in; to restrain from utterance or vent; as, to suppress the voice; to suppress a smile

  3. Suppress(verb)

    to retain without disclosure; to conceal; not to reveal; to prevent publication of; as, to suppress evidence; to suppress a pamphlet; to suppress the truth

  4. Suppress(verb)

    to stop; to restrain; to arrest the discharges of; as, to suppress a diarrhea, or a hemorrhage

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suppress' in Verbs Frequency: #907

Anagrams of suppress

  1. press-ups

Translations for suppress

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to defeat or put a stop to (eg a rebellion).

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