Suppress Sup*press", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Suppressed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Suppressing}.] [L. suppressus, p. p. of supprimere to suppress; sub under + premere, pressum, to press. See {Sub-}, and {Press}.] 1. To overpower and crush; to subdue; to put down; to quell. [1913 Webster]

Every rebellion, when it is suppressed, doth make the subject weaker, and the prince stronger. --Sir J. Davies. [1913 Webster]

2. To keep in; to restrain from utterance or vent; as, to suppress the voice; to suppress a smile. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

3. To retain without disclosure; to conceal; not to reveal; to prevent publication of; as, to suppress evidence; to suppress a pamphlet; to suppress the truth. [1913 Webster]

She suppresses the name, and this keeps him in a pleasing suspense. --Broome. [1913 Webster]

4. To stop; to restrain; to arrest the discharges of; as, to suppress a diarrhea, or a hemorrhage. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To repress; restrain; put down; overthrow; overpower; overwhelm; conceal; stifle; stop; smother. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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