follow Dictionary.com

Denotation vs. Connotation

suppress

[suh-pres] /səˈprɛs/
verb (used with object)
1.
to put an end to the activities of (a person, body of persons, etc.):
to suppress the Communist and certain left-leaning parties.
2.
to do away with by or as by authority; abolish; stop (a practice, custom, etc.).
3.
to keep in or repress (a feeling, smile, groan, etc.).
4.
to withhold from disclosure or publication (truth, evidence, a book, names, etc.).
5.
to stop or arrest (a flow, hemorrhage, cough, etc.).
6.
to vanquish or subdue (a revolt, rebellion, etc.); quell; crush.
7.
Electricity. to reduce or eliminate (an irregular or undesired oscillation or frequency) in a circuit.
Origin of suppress
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English suppressen < Latin suppressus (past participle of supprimere to press down), equivalent to sup- sup- + pressus (see press1)
Related forms
suppressedly
[suh-prest-lee, -pres-id-] /səˈprɛst li, -ˈprɛs ɪd-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
suppressible, adjective
suppressive, adjective
suppressively, adverb
suppressor, suppresser, noun
nonsuppressed, adjective
nonsuppressive, adjective
nonsuppressively, adverb
nonsuppressiveness, noun
presuppress, verb (used with object)
quasi-suppressed, adjective
resuppress, verb (used with object)
self-suppressing, adjective
self-suppressive, adjective
unsuppressed, adjective
unsuppressible, adjective
unsuppressive, adjective
well-suppressed, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for suppress
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • I tried to suppress my feelings, but I must have spoken sharply.

    The House of Martha Frank R. Stockton
  • Linda tried hard but she could not suppress a chuckle: "Of course you would!"

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • The Pathfinder gave a significant glance at Jasper, and he clinched his teeth in order to suppress the sound of his own breathing.

    The Pathfinder James Fenimore Cooper
  • Isabel could not at once suppress the gratified note which crept of itself into her voice.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • "The beast nipped me in the arm," answered the private, trying to suppress a groan.

    Boys of The Fort Ralph Bonehill
British Dictionary definitions for suppress

suppress

/səˈprɛs/
verb (transitive)
1.
to put an end to; prohibit
2.
to hold in check; restrain: I was obliged to suppress a smile
3.
to withhold from circulation or publication: to suppress seditious pamphlets
4.
to stop the activities of; crush: to suppress a rebellion
5.
(electronics)
  1. to reduce or eliminate (unwanted oscillations) in a circuit
  2. to eliminate (a particular frequency or group of frequencies) in a signal
6.
(psychiatry)
  1. to resist consciously (an idea or a desire entering one's mind)
  2. to exercise self-control by preventing the expression of (certain desires) Compare repress (sense 3)
Derived Forms
suppresser, noun
suppressible, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin suppressus held down, from supprimere to restrain, from sub- down + premere to press
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for suppress
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
suppress in Medicine

suppress sup·press (sə-prěs')
v. sup·pressed, sup·press·ing, sup·press·es

  1. To curtail or inhibit the activity of something, such as the immune system.

  2. To deliberately exclude unacceptable desires or thoughts from the mind.

  3. To reduce the incidence or severity of a condition or symptom, such as a hemorrhage.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for suppress

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for suppress

12
15
Scrabble Words With Friends