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Definition of suppress verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    suppress

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//səˈpres//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈpres//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they suppress
    BrE BrE//səˈpres//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈpres//
     
    he / she / it suppresses
    BrE BrE//səˈpresɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈpresɪz//
     
    past simple suppressed
    BrE BrE//səˈprest//
     
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    past participle suppressed
    BrE BrE//səˈprest//
     
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    -ing form suppressing
    BrE BrE//səˈpresɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈpresɪŋ//
     
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  1. 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. See related entries: Terrorism
  2. 2suppress something (usually disapproving) to prevent something from being published or made known The police were accused of suppressing vital evidence.
  3. 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.
  4. 4suppress something to prevent something from growing, developing or continuing drugs that suppress the appetite
  5. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin suppress- ‘pressed down’, from the verb supprimere, from sub- ‘down’ + premere ‘to press’.Extra examples He could hardly suppress his surprise. He could no longer suppress his anger. Her face was charged with barely suppressed anger. She was unable to suppress a giggle. The disloyal thought was instantly suppressed. The medication effectively suppressed the pain. They often use violence to suppress opposition. This information had been deliberately suppressed. A 5 cm layer will suppress weed growth. He couldn’t suppress the excitement in his voice. Slimming drugs do help to suppress appetite. The government sought to suppress a growing armed separatist movement. The regime ruthlessly suppresses all dissent. The strike was violently suppressed by the army. Trade union rights were suppressed and casual work became the norm. Transplant patients take drugs which suppress the immune system.
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