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English verb: suppress

1. suppress (change) to put down by force or authority

SamplesSuppress a nascent uprising.
Stamp down on littering.
Conquer one's desires.

Synonymsconquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate

Narrower (hyponym)blink, blink away, burke, choke back, choke down, choke off, dampen, hush, hush up, muffle, quell, quench, quieten, repress, shut up, silence, silence, smother, squelch, stifle, stifle, still, strangle, wink

2. suppress (social) come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority

SamplesThe government oppresses political activists.

Synonymscrush, oppress

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)keep down, quash, reduce, repress, subdue, subjugate

3. suppress (social) control and refrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior

Synonymsbottle up, inhibit

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hold back, keep, keep back, restrain

Narrower (hyponym)choke, hold back, keep, keep back, quench, restrain

4. suppress (cognition) put out of one's consciousness


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)bury, forget

Narrower (hyponym)swallow

Domain categorypsychiatry, psychological medicine, psychopathology

5. suppress (change) reduce the incidence or severity of or stop

SamplesSuppress a yawn.
This drug can suppress the hemorrhage.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)decrease, lessen, minify

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