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Definition of the verb suppress

What does suppress mean as a doing word?

Suppress is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: suppressed | suppressing | suppresses

  1. bring under control by force or authority
  2. come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority
  3. consciously restrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior
  4. put out of one's consciousness
  5. lessen to the point of stopping
    • examples: suppress a yawn | this drug can suppress the hemorrhage
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: decrease / lessen / minify = make smaller

Alternative definition of the verb suppress


  1. To hold in place, to keep low, to prevent publication.
  2. [US, legal] To forbid the use of evidence at trial because it is improper or was improperly obtained.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for suppress

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Google previewA Power Governments Cannot Suppress (2007)

by Howard Zinn

M ICHAEL LERNER, editor of Tikkun Magazine, author of The Left Hand of God: Taking Back our Country from the Religious Right A Power Governments Cannot Suppress is a major new collection of essays on American history, race, class, ...

Google previewPrinciples of Social Reconstruction (2013)

by Bertrand Russell

What makes war difficult to suppress is that it springs from an impulse, rather than from ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Substances (2014)

by Richard Rudgley

Because amphetamines suppress appetite, many models take them,as do many other women seekingashort cut tolosing weight.The explosion in theuse of amphetamines among civilian populations was due to soldiers returning from the war ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Police Science (2007)

by Jack R. Greene

Soto, a case brought in 1990, public defenders representing Pedro Soto and others sought to suppress evidence obtained duringsearchesconductedbyNewJerseytroop- ers, alleging the searches were the result of racial profiling practices.

Google previewBoy Culture: An Encyclopedia [2 volumes] (2010)

An Encyclopedia by Shirley R. Steinberg, Michael Kehler, Lindsay Cornish

If we look at typical American heroes, we can easily view how Americans suppress traditional notions of masculinity while also disseminating and valuing ideologies of masculinity. Most, if not all, school-aged boys and girls are familiar with the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of Pleading and Practice (1895)

Under the Codes and Practice Acts, at Common Law, in Equity and in Criminal Cases by William Mark McKinney

236- To Suppress Deposition. — A motion to suppress a deposition is a general appearance. Clark v. Blackwell ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of United States Supreme Court Reports (1913)

Being a Complete Encyclopedia of All the Case Law of the Federal Supreme Court Up to and Including Volume 206 U.S. Supreme Court Reports (book 51 Lawyers' Edition)


Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary of the English Language (1907)

by Thomas Davidson

Suppress, sup- pros', v.t. to crush, put down : to keep in .' to retain or conceal : to stop, restrain.

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Usage statistics about suppress

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb suppress:


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Quotes about suppress

A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. (Carl Sagan)
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Scrabble value of S1U1P3P3R1E1S1S1

The value of this 8-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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