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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
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
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Examples from the web for suppressed
  • Treating those that would have been suppressed anyway does no good and can often be harmful.
  • Check those with suppressed immune systems for cuts both before and after swimming.
  • What saves me is the side of me that is suppressed during the frenzied social activity of the semester.
  • Research shows that browsing has suppressed the development of adult cottonwoods in particular.
  • Its effects are far too suppressed relative to anything perceptible on a human scale.
  • The more or less suppressed premise is that conservatism can't be sustained by anyone who has those virtues.
  • It was suppressed easily enough, by an army willing to shoot unarmed protesters.
  • He knew the economics involved, knew the north had suppressed development in the south.
  • My impression was that it was another example of suppressed news.
  • Cantor was personally and professionally attacked, his papers suppressed.
British Dictionary definitions for suppressed

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
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Word Origin and History for suppressed

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.

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suppressed 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.

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