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verb [transitive] suppress pronunciation in American English /səˈpres/
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present tense
present participlesuppressing
past tensesuppressed
past participlesuppressed
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  1. 1
    to stop opposition or protest using military force or strict laws
    suppress a rebellion/uprising/demonstration: Pro-independence demonstrations were ruthlessly suppressed.
    1. a.
      to stop an activity, especially by making laws or by using your authority
      State monopolies had suppressed all forms of economic competition.
    2. b.
      to stop information from being published or publicly discussed
      They claim that the report has been deliberately suppressed by the oil companies.
  2. 3
    to stop yourself from feeling an emotion
    It’s bad to suppress your feelings.
    suppressed anger and resentment
    1. a.
      to stop yourself from showing an emotion, especially one that might offend someone
      She shook her head, suppressing a smile.
      suppress an urge/impulse: I kept my voice level and suppressed the urge to hit him.

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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