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Definition of suppress verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they suppress
    he / she / it suppresses
    past simple suppressed
    -ing form suppressing
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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.
  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
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