Definitions for inhibitɪnˈhɪb ɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. suppress, stamp down, inhibit, subdue, conquer, curb(verb)

    to put down by force or authority

    "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires"

  2. inhibit(verb)

    limit the range or extent of

    "Contact between the young was inhibited by strict social customs"

  3. inhibit(verb)

    limit, block, or decrease the action or function of

    "inhibit the action of the enzyme"; "inhibit the rate of a chemical reaction"

  4. inhibit, bottle up, suppress(verb)

    control and refrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior

GCIDE

  1. Inhibit(v. t.)

    (Chem., Biochem.) To cause the rate of (a chemical or biochemical reaction) to proceed slower, or to halt; as, vitamin C inhibits oxidation; penicillins inhibit bacterial cell wall synthesis.

  2. Inhibit(v. t.)

    To restrain (a behavior) by a mechanism involving conscious or unconscious motivations.

  3. Origin: [L. inhibitus, p. p. of inhibere; pref. in- in + habere to have, hold. See Habit.]

Wiktionary

  1. inhibit(Verb)

    to hinder; to restrain

  2. Origin: From inhibitus, perfect passive participle of inhibeo, from in, + habeo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inhibit(verb)

    to check; to hold back; to restrain; to hinder

  2. Inhibit(verb)

    to forbid; to prohibit; to interdict

  3. Origin: [L. inhibitus, p. p. of inhibere; pref. in- in + habere to have, hold. See Habit.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'inhibit' in Verbs Frequency: #997

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Suzanne Dixon:

    All varieties are rich in phytosterols, which have been shown in lab and animal studies to inhibit tumor development.

  2. William Jacobson:

    They [police] may subjectively feel that the spotlight on them does inhibit their ability to act, but that subjective feeling cannot trump the First Amendment.

  3. White House spokesman Josh Earnest:

    So we want to make sure that these reforms are not so onerous that they inhibit our participation in the international economy, but of course our national security interests come first.

  4. Sharyl Wood:

    As an official representative of a governmental agency, schools aren’t allowed to promote or inhibit religion, individual students are certainly permitted to express their religious beliefs but not on behalf of the governmental body.

  5. Bill Flores:

    The House will make the deadline. Of course, the Senate probably won't, and the President wouldn't sign it, but at least the American people will know where the House of Representatives stands on pushing back on the attempts of the D.C. city council to inhibit religious liberty.

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