What does suppress mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word suppress.

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.

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

  2. suppress(Verb)

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

    Etymology: 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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Suppress

    sup-pres′, v.t. to crush, put down: to keep in: to retain or conceal: to stop, restrain.—adv. Suppress′edly.—ns. Suppress′er, Suppress′or.—adj. Suppress′ible.—ns. Suppres′sion, act of suppressing: stoppage: concealment; Suppres′sionist, one who supports suppression.—adj. Suppress′ive, tending to suppress: subduing. [L. supprimĕre, suppressumsub, under, premĕre, to press.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. suppress

    To overpower and crush; to subdue; to put down; to quell; to destroy; as, the troops suppressed the rebellion.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of suppress in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of suppress in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of suppress in a Sentence

  1. Carl Sagan:

    A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.

  2. Probaerb:

    People who claim to be motivational speakers or advisers or coaches or mentors or corporate trainers , but secretly communicate through the session the intention of company's board executives to the employees are actually BOOTLICKERs. Their job is to fool or suppress employees. But if they don't do it like this, then no private organization will hire them.They can be observed often boozing or partying.

  3. Emeasoba George:

    Basically and often it takes courage to go after and suppress a task or challenge. Are you courageous at all? If Yes then, how courageous are you? If No then, you've got to be courageous. -Emeasoba George

  4. Ryan Mauro:

    The persecution of Christians has failed to suppress the faith.

  5. Bruce Fein:

    As you well know, you cant decide to suppress speech just because hecklers didnt like it.

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Translations for suppress

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  • كبحArabic
  • deteni, subpremi, sin deteniEsperanto
  • reprimar, contener, ocultarSpanish
  • tukahduttaa, tyrehdyttää, vaimentaa, salata, sammuttaaFinnish
  • whakatōngā, tātāwhi, tāwhi, āpuruMāori
  • подавить, подавлятьRussian
  • ปราบปรามThai

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