Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “suppression”


noun [U]  /səˈpreʃ·ən/ us  

suppression noun [U] (HIDING SOMETHING)

the act of preventing something from being expressed or known: the suppression of emotions

suppression noun [U] (ENDIN SOMETHING)

the act of ending something by force: the suppression of human rights
(Definition of suppression from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of suppression?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day


like hops (= dried fruit used to make beer)

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More