suppress

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.

Definitions of suppress
  1. verb
    put down by force or authority
    suppress a nascent uprising”
    synonyms: conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue
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    blink, blink away, wink
    force to go away by blinking
    dampen, stifle
    smother or suppress
    choke back, choke down, choke off
    suppress
    hush, hush up, quieten, shut up, silence, still
    cause to be quiet or not talk
    burke
    get rid of, silence, or suppress
    silence
    keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure
    quell, quench, squelch
    suppress or crush completely
    muffle, repress, smother, stifle, strangle
    conceal or hide
    shush
    silence (someone) by uttering `shush!'
    choke, suffocate
    suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of
    calm down, lull
    become quiet or less intensive
    shout down
    silence or overwhelm by shouting
    gag, muzzle
    prevent from speaking out
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    check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate
    lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
  2. verb
    come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority
    synonyms: crush, oppress
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    keep down, quash, reduce, repress, subdue, subjugate
    put down by force or intimidation
  3. verb
    put out of one's consciousness
    synonyms: repress
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    swallow
    keep from expressing
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    bury, forget
    dismiss from the mind; stop remembering
  4. verb
    control and refrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior
    synonyms: bottle up, inhibit
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    hold back, keep, keep back, restrain
    keep under control; keep in check
    quench
    electronics: suppress (sparking) when the current is cut off in an inductive circuit, or suppress (an oscillation or discharge) in a component or device
    choke
    check or slow down the action or effect of
    hold
    keep from exhaling or expelling
    confine
    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
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    hold back, keep, keep back, restrain
    keep under control; keep in check
  5. verb
    reduce the incidence or severity of or stop
    suppress a yawn”
    “this drug can suppress the hemorrhage”
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    decrease, lessen, minify
    make smaller
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