Meaning of SUPPRESS in English

I. səˈpres transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-es )

Etymology: Middle English suppressen, from Latin suppressus, past participle of supprimere to press under, suppress, from sub- + premere to press — more at press


a. : to put down or out of existence by or as if by authority, force, or pressure : subdue

the incipient uprising had been completely suppressed — S.G.Inman

b. : to force into impotence or obscurity

c. : to extinguish by prohibiting, dissolving, or dispersing

empowered the governments to … suppress all opposition parties — C.E.Black & E.C.Helmreich

2. : to keep from public knowledge: as

a. : to refrain from divulging : leave undisclosed

a famous penal institution the name of which I prefer to suppress — Henry Miller

b. : to prohibit or interdict the publication or revelation of : cause to be withheld or withdrawn from circulation

foreign correspondent's copy is not censored, but certain news is suppressed — R.H.Sollen

union halls were closed, papers suppressed — Meridel Le Sueur


a. : to exclude from consciousness

the satisfaction of a suppressed creative wish — T.S.Eliot

they ought when thus … suppressed to give some sign in disorder of the conscious life — Havelock Ellis

b. : to keep from giving vent to : hold back

it has been hard to suppress the question — Reporter

disciplined to suppress his personal impulses — Green Peyton

4. obsolete : to press down : compress

5. obsolete : rape


a. : to stop or check the flow of : arrest the discharge of

suppress a cough

suppress a hemorrhage

b. : to inhibit the growth or development of : cause to become abortive or vestigial : stunt

growth of an apical bud usually suppresses that of adjacent lateral buds

Synonyms: see crush

II. transitive verb

: to inhibit the genetic expression of

suppress a mutation

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