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.
- 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)
v.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. v.
- 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.