suppress (an accent)

"Suppressing" an accent means hiding your natural way of speaking. It may help to learn that the word "suppress" means to stop something or hold it back. It's used in these phrases:

suppress a cough

suppress a smile

suppress your appetite

suppress an urge (to do something)

You usually can't suppress a foreign accent. For example, if you're from France and learning English, you have a French accent. You might be able to improve or correct your accent, but you can't suppress it. But some people can suppress their regional accent, like a Southern accent.

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