) KEY TRANSITIVE VERB: sup·pressed
- To put an end to forcibly; subdue.
- To curtail or prohibit the activities of.
- To keep from being revealed, published, or circulated.
- To deliberately exclude (unacceptable desires or thoughts) from the mind.
- To inhibit the expression of (an impulse, for example); check: suppress a smile.
- To reduce the incidence or severity of (a hemorrhage or cough, for example); arrest.
Middle English suppressen
, from Latin supprimere, suppress-
, to press
; see per-4
in Indo-European rootsOTHER FORMS:sup·pressant(Noun)