Definitions for inhibitɪnˈhɪb ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•hib•itɪnˈhɪb ɪt(v.t.)

  1. to restrain, hinder, arrest, or check (an action, impulse, etc.).

  2. to prohibit; forbid.

  3. to suppress or restrain from free expression, as of socially unacceptable behavior.

    Category: Psychology

Origin of inhibit:

1425–75; late ME < L inhibēre to restrain =in-in-2+habēre to have, hold



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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. inhibit(verb)ɪnˈhɪb ɪt

    to stop sth from continuing

    drugs that inhibit growth; to inhibit children's progress


  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

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

Translations for inhibit

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to stop or hinder (eg someone from doing something).

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