Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of supprimere, from sub- ( SUB-) + premere 'to press'


Related topics: Government, Military
sup‧press [transitive]
1PM to stop people from opposing the government, especially by using force:
The uprising was ruthlessly suppressed.
2PG if important information or opinions are suppressed, people are prevented from knowing about them, even if they have a right to know:
The police were accused of suppressing evidence.
3 to stop yourself from showing your feelings:
Harry could scarcely suppress a smile.
suppressed anger
4 to prevent something from growing or developing, or from working effectively:
The virus suppresses the body's immune system.
suppressible adjective
suppression noun [uncountable]
the suppression of opposition parties

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