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tr.v. sup·pressed, sup·press·ing, sup·press·es
1. To put an end to forcibly; subdue: suppress a rebellion. See Usage Note at repress.
2. To curtail or prohibit the activities of: suppress dissident groups.
3. To keep from being revealed, published, or circulated: suppress evidence; suppress a film.
a. To deliberately exclude (unacceptable desires or thoughts) from the mind.
b. To inhibit the expression of: suppress anger; suppress a smile.
a. To restrain the growth, activity, or release of: suppress a virus; suppress a hemorrhage.
b. To inhibit the expression of (a gene): suppress a mutation.

[Middle English suppressen, from Latin supprimere, suppress- : sub-, sub- + premere, to press; see per- in Indo-European roots.]

sup·press′ant n.
sup·press′i·ble adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.suppressed - kept from public knowledge by various means;
publicised, publicized - made known; especially made widely known
2.suppressed - manifesting or subjected to suppression; "a suppressed press"
silenced - reduced to silence; "the silenced crowd waited expectantly"
3.suppressed - held in check with difficulty; "a smothered cough"; "a stifled yawn"; "a strangled scream"; "suppressed laughter"
inhibited - held back or restrained or prevented; "in certain conditions previously inhibited conditioned reactions can reappear"
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Here one of the guinea-pigs cheered, and was immediately suppressed by the officers of the court.
`I've so often read in the newspapers, at the end of trials, "There was some attempts at applause, which was immediately suppressed by the officers of the court," and I never understood what it meant till now.'
Two Greek papers and one French one were suppressed here within a few days of each other.
Papers are suppressed there every day, and spring up the next day under a new name.
She turned away from him and glanced at her younger brother, who was screwing up his eyes and shaking with suppressed laughter, and unable to control herself any longer, she jumped up and rushed from the room as fast as her nimble little feet would carry her.
At first it was suppressed by one of the Plantagenet kings of England.
You know you suppressed the deed and kept the money.'
The earliest version of "Tamerlane" was included in the suppressed volume of 1827, but differs very considerably from the poem as now published.
Sometimes the look was like suppressed anger, sometimes like suppressed dread, sometimes like neither--like nothing, in short, which I could understand.
When father became convinced that the book had actually been suppressed, he tried to get the fact into the newspapers; but his communications were ignored.
A glass of water, however, restored her, and then this outpouring of an exhausted nature was suppressed. I was completed!
Suppressed rage was in his rigidly set eyes, suppressed rage was in his trembling hand as he raised it emphatically while he spoke his next words.