Definition of INHIBIT

verb : INHIBIT

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) prohibit, forbid, or prevent from doing something; "Contact between the young was inhibited by strict social customs" ;

  • 2. (

    ) limit, block, or decrease the action or function of; "inhibit the action of the enzyme"; "inhibit the rate of a chemical reaction" ;

  • 3. (

    ) consciously restrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior; "suppress a smile"; "he let his anger bottle up until he exploded" ;

  • 4. (

    ) make (someone) self-conscious and as a result unable to act naturally; "his father's cold and distant demeanor inhibited him emotionally" ;

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