suppress
transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Latin suppressus, past participle of supprimere, from sub- + premere to press — more at press Date: 14th century 1. to put down by authority or force ; subdue <
suppress a riot
>
2. to keep from public knowledge: as a. to keep secret b. to stop or prohibit the publication or revelation of <
suppress the test results
>
3. a. to exclude from consciousness b. to keep from giving vent to ; check <
suppressed her anger
>
4. obsolete to press down 5. a. to restrain from a usual course or action <
suppress a cough
>
b. to inhibit the growth or development of 6. to inhibit the genetic expression of <
suppress a mutation
>
suppressibility nounsuppressible adjectivesuppressive adjectivesuppressiveness noun

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