What does inhibit mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term inhibit:


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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inhibit

    in-hib′it, v.t. to hold in or back: to keep back: to check.—n. Inhibi′tion, the act of inhibiting or restraining: the state of being inhibited: prohibition: a writ from a higher court to an inferior judge to stay proceedings.—adj. Inhib′itory, prohibitory. [L. inhibēre, -hibitumin, in, habēre, to have.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inhibit in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inhibit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8



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