AskDefine | Define suppress

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1 to put down by force or authority; "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires" [syn: stamp down, inhibit, subdue, conquer, curb]
2 come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority; "The government oppresses political activists" [syn: oppress, crush]
3 control and refrain from showing; of emotions [syn: bottle up]
4 keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool" [syn: restrain, keep, keep back, hold back]
5 put out of one's consciousness [syn: repress]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /səˈprɛs/
    Rhymes with: -ɛs


  1. To hold in place, to keep low.


to hold in place, to keep low

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The term Suppression may refer to:
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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