- Suppress is defined as to keep something from happening.
An example of suppress is to take a pill to ease stomach pains.
suppress definition by Webster's New World
- to put down by force; subdue; quell; crush
- to abolish by authority
- to keep from appearing or being known, published, etc.: to suppress a news story, a book, etc.
- to keep back; restrain; check: to suppress a laugh, a cough, etc.
- to check or stop (a natural flow, secretion, or excretion)
- Electronics to eliminate or weaken (an unwanted oscillation, echo, etc.) in a circuit
- Psychiatry to consciously dismiss from the mind (unacceptable ideas, impulses, etc.)
Origin: Middle English suppressen ; from Classical Latin suppressus, past participle of supprimere, to press under, suppress ; from sub-, sub- plush premere, to press
suppress definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb sup·pressed, sup·press·ing, sup·press·es
- To put an end to forcibly; subdue.
- To curtail or prohibit the activities of.
- To keep from being revealed, published, or circulated.
- To deliberately exclude (unacceptable desires or thoughts) from the mind.
- To inhibit the expression of (an impulse, for example); check: suppress a smile.
- To reduce the incidence or severity of (a hemorrhage or cough, for example); arrest.
Origin: Middle English suppressen, from Latin supprimere, suppress- : sub-, sub- + premere, to press; see per-4 in Indo-European roots.
- sup·pressˈant noun
- sup·pressˈi·ble adjective
suppress - Legal Definition
suppress - Medical Definition
- 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.