To suppress something means to curb, inhibit, or even stop it. If the sound of your boss moving in his chair sounds like gas, you’re going to have to learn how to suppress your giggles.
In the strictest sense, suppress means to put an end to something by force, like a government that suppresses the right to free speech by shutting down the newspapers or the military suppressing an uprising by rebel forces. But we also use suppress in less serious terms to describe an attempt to muffle or stifle something, such as suppressing a sneeze in a quiet theater or suppressing your true emotions to not cause a teary scene.
v to put down by force or authority
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blink, blink away, wink
force to go away by blinking
smother or suppress
choke back, choke down, choke off
hush, hush up, quieten, shut up, silence, still
cause to be quiet or not talk
get rid of, silence, or suppress
keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure
quell, quench, squelch
suppress or crush completely
muffle, repress, smother, stifle, strangle
conceal or hide
silence (someone) by uttering `shush!'
suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of
calm down, lull
become quiet or less intensive
silence or overwhelm by shouting
prevent from speaking out
v control and refrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior
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hold back, keep, keep back, restrain
keep under control; keep in check
electronics: suppress (sparking) when the current is cut off in an inductive circuit, or suppress (an oscillation or discharge) in a component or device
check or slow down the action or effect of
keep from exhaling or expelling
prevent from leaving or from being removed
bottle up, inhibit
control and refrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior
check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate
lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits