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.

Every rebellion, when it is suppressed, doth make the subject weaker, and the prince stronger. Sir J. Davies.

2.

To keep in; to restrain from utterance or vent; as, to suppress the voice; to suppress a smile.

Sir W. Scott.

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.

She suppresses the name, and this keeps him in a pleasing suspense. Broome.

4.

To stop; to restrain; to arrest the discharges of; as, to suppress a diarrhea, or a hemorrhage.

Syn. -- To repress; restrain; put down; overthrow; overpower; overwhelm; conceal; stifle; stop; smother.

 

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