- 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
- 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 Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin suppress-
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//; NAmE NAmE//səˈprest//past participle suppressed
BrE BrE//səˈprest//; NAmE NAmE//səˈprest//-ing form suppressing
BrE BrE//səˈpresɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//səˈpresɪŋ//Terrorism