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Definition trying to keep under control
The exact meaning of suppress can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "suppressed the revolution" — to stop others from doing something by force
  • "suppressed a smile" — kept something from happening
  • "suppressed the story" — kept news from spreading
  • "suppressed her fear" — controlled an emotion
  • "suppressed the memory" — avoided thinking about (perhaps even removed from conscious memory)
  • She claimed that Facebook suppressed and promoted news that met a political agenda.
suppressed = kept from spreading
  • She struggled to suppress a smile as the little boy told of his fear of a monster under the bed.
  • suppress = stop (keep under control)
  • Stalin suppressed criticism in the press.
  • suppressed = kept from spreading
  • After achieving full control of the legislative and executive branches, Hitler suppressed the remaining opposition.
  • suppressed = stop others from doing something by force
  • He who can suppress a moment's anger may prevent a day of sorrow.
    Tryon Edwards
  • There was a disturbance in my heart, a voice that spoke there and said, I want, I want, I want! It happened every afternoon, and when I tried to suppress it it got even stronger.
    Saul Bellow
  • Chuck suppressed a laugh by putting his hand over his mouth.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • suppressed = stopped
  • Miles's face began to twitch with barely suppressed rage.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • suppressed = kept under control
  • But the love of freedom is native to every human being and every nation, and cannot be suppressed in the long term.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • suppressed = kept under control
  • She cried without trying to suppress any of the noisier manifestations of grief and confusion,
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • suppress = keep under control
  • Society suppresses us and dominates us
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • suppresses = tries to keep under control
  • If today I lived in a Communist country where certain principles dear to the Christian faith are suppressed, I would openly advocate disobeying that country's antireligious laws.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • suppressed = prevented from being shared
  • The first fire came from the flank. Two squads of ARVNs moved out to suppress it.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • suppress = try to keep it under control
  • Tobias's mouth twitches, as if in a smile, but if that's what it was, he suppresses it.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • suppresses = keeps it under control; or prevents it from arising
  • I have to suppress hysteria if I'm going to help him.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • suppress = keep under control
  • You'll see I grinned, barely able to suppress my excitement.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • suppress = keep under control
  • I suppressed my curiosity, though it was far from idle.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • suppressed = tried to keep under control
  • I always stayed at the park until I could no longer suppress my growling stomach.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • suppress = keep under control
  • But there was another, wilder possibility that kept raising its head, though he tried vainly to suppress it.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • suppress = keep it under control
  • Meggie had to suppress a giggle.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
suppress = keep under control

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