from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To put an end to forcibly; subdue.
- transitive v. To curtail or prohibit the activities of.
- transitive v. To keep from being revealed, published, or circulated.
- transitive v. To deliberately exclude (unacceptable desires or thoughts) from the mind.
- transitive v. To inhibit the expression of (an impulse, for example); check: suppress a smile.
- transitive v. To reduce the incidence or severity of (a hemorrhage or cough, for example); arrest.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To hold in place, to keep low, to prevent publication.
- v. To forbid the use of evidence at trial because it is improper or was improperly obtained.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To overpower and crush; to subdue; to put down; to quell.
- transitive v. To keep in; to restrain from utterance or vent.
- transitive v. To retain without disclosure; to conceal; not to reveal; to prevent publication of.
- transitive v. To stop; to restrain; to arrest the discharges of.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To overpower; subdue; put down; quell; crush; stamp out.
- To restrain from utterance or vent; keep in; repress: as, to suppress a groan.
- To withhold from disclosure; conceal; refuse or forbear to reveal; withhold from publication; withdraw from circulation, or prohibit circulation of: as, to suppress evidence; to suppress a letter; to suppress an article or a poem.
- To hinder from passage or circulation; stop; stifle; smother.
- To stop by remedial means; check; restrain: as, to suppress a diarrhea or a hemorrhage.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. put out of one's consciousness
- v. reduce the incidence or severity of or stop
- v. come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority
- v. control and refrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior
- v. to put down by force or authority
Middle English suppressen, from Latin supprimere, suppress- : sub-, sub- + premere, to press.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin suppressus, perfect passive participle of supprimō ("press down or under"), from sub ("under") + premō ("press"). (Wiktionary)