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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. Carlos Curbelo:

    This institution should be driven by courage, not by cowardice, and the goal should not be to suppress members from pursuing their legislative goals, it should be to empower each member, and that's what we're trying to do, the goal is to empower each member of the House, including the speaker, to advance the solution that each member believes is the best one for this challenge and to try to gain supporters for that solution. So this is not in defiance of anyone.

  2. Ahmed Korayem:

    We suffer not because suffering is inevitable. Suffering is inevitable when you keep trying to suppress those feelings you're afraid of. Feelings you labelled as 'bad' and believe you should have never had them in the first place. You'll never get out of this rut lest you learn to sit with the feeling no matter how horrible it feels. Give it (the feeling) the acceptance it deserves and illusion of suffering is reveled

  3. Carl Sagan:

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

  4. Derrick Adams:

    You idiots, it was invented to suppress you.

  5. The FBI:

    North Korea's actions were intended to inflict significant harm on a U.S. business and suppress the right of American citizens to express themselves, we are deeply concerned about the destructive nature of this attack on a private sector entity and the ordinary citizens who worked there.

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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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