- Suppress is defined as to keep something from happening.
An example of suppress is to take a pill to ease stomach pains.
- 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 of suppressMiddle English suppressen ; from Classical Latin suppressus, past participle of supprimere, to press under, suppress ; from sub-, sub- + premere, to press
transitive verbsup·pressed, sup·press·ing, sup·press·es
- To put an end to forcibly; subdue: suppress a rebellion. See Usage Note at repress.
- To curtail or prohibit the activities of: suppress dissident groups.
- To keep from being revealed, published, or circulated: suppress evidence; suppress a film.
- a. To deliberately exclude (unacceptable desires or thoughts) from the mind.b. To inhibit the expression of: suppress anger; suppress a smile.
- a. To restrain the growth, activity, or release of: suppress a virus; suppress a hemorrhage.b. To inhibit the expression of (a gene): suppress a mutation.
Origin of suppressMiddle English suppressen, from Latin supprimere, suppress- : sub-, sub- + premere, to press; see per-4 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present suppresses, present participle suppressing, simple past and past participle suppressed)
- to put an end to, especially with force, to crush, do away with; to prohibit, subdue
- The government of China suppressed the student demonstrations by ordering tanks to Tiananmen square.
- to restrain or repress an expression
- I struggled to suppress my smile.
- (psychiatry) to exclude undesirable thoughts from one's mind
- He unconsciously suppressed his memories of abuse.
- to prevent publication
- The government suppressed the findings of their research about the true state of the economy.
- to stop a flow or stream
- The rescue team managed to suppress the flow of oil by blasting the drilling hole.
- Hot blackcurrant juice mixed with honey may suppress cough.
- (US, law) to forbid the use of evidence at trial because it is improper or was improperly obtained
- (electronics) to reduce unwanted frequencies in a signal
suppress - Legal Definition