- 1suppress something (usually disapproving) (of a government, ruler, etc.) to put an end, often by force, to a group or an activity that is believed to threaten authority synonym quash The rebellion was brutally suppressed.
- 2suppress something (usually disapproving) to prevent something from being published or made known The police were accused of suppressing vital evidence.
- 3suppress something to prevent yourself from having or expressing a feeling or an emotion to suppress a smile She was unable to suppress her anger. He had suppressed the painful memories of his childhood.
- 4suppress something to prevent something from growing, developing, or continuing drugs that suppress the appetite
NAmE//səˈprɛs//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they suppress
he / she / it suppresses
past simple suppressed
-ing form suppressing