suppress

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin suppressus, perfect passive participle of supprimō (press down or under), from sub (under) + premō (press).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /səˈpɹɛs/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛs
  • Hyphenation: sup‧press

Verb[edit]

suppress (third-person singular simple present suppresses, present participle suppressing, simple past and past participle suppressed)

  1. 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.
  2. to restrain or repress an expression
    I struggled to suppress my smile.
  3. (psychiatry) to exclude undesirable thoughts from one's mind
    He unconsciously suppressed his memories of abuse.
  4. to prevent publication
    The government suppressed the findings of their research about the true state of the economy.
  5. 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.
  6. (US, law) to forbid the use of evidence at trial because it is improper or was improperly obtained
  7. (electronics) to reduce unwanted frequencies in a signal
  8. (obsolete) to hold in place, to keep low

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