- to restrain, hinder, arrest, or check (an action, impulse, etc.).
- to prohibit; forbid.
- Psychology. to consciously or unconsciously suppress or restrain (psychologically or sociologically unacceptable behavior).
- Chemistry. to decrease the rate of action of or stop (a chemical reaction).
Origin of inhibit
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Examples from the Web for inhibit
Studies have repeatedly shown that Plan B ok “does not inhibit implantation.”Rand Paul’s Plan B for Pro-Life Critics
October 5, 2014
If the technology works well, secrecy can inhibit its deployment.Is the Pentagon’s $55 Billion Stealth Bomber Too Big a Secret?
September 22, 2014
“Oil is antimicrobial and gets into the tissues of the mouth to inhibit bacterial growth,” says Caldecott.Oil Pulling: Miracle Cure or Oily Mess?
March 28, 2014
Since the FDA approved Plan B in 1999, repeated studies have shown the drug does not inhibit implantation.
IUDs, also named in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga suits, almost certainly can inhibit implantation.
It shares, we said, with attention, the power to reënforce and to inhibit.
To close the path means to inhibit the idea which demands such action.
The wine would cleanse and at least inhibit bacterial growth.Old-Time Makers of Medicine
James J. Walsh
Such excretions often serve to inhibit further multiplication.Insects and Diseases
Rennie W. Doane
The finest—and no acute case of puritanism to inhibit his enjoyment.Inside John Barth
William W. Stuart
- to restrain or hinder (an impulse, a desire, etc)
- to prohibit; forbid
- to stop, prevent, or decrease the rate of (a chemical reaction)
- to prevent the occurrence of (a particular signal) in a circuit
- to prevent the performance of (a particular operation)
Word Origin and History for inhibit
early 15c., "to forbid, prohibit," back-formation from inhibition or else from Latin inhibitus, past participle of inhibere "to hold in, hold back, keep back" (see inhibition). Psychological sense (1876) is from earlier, softened meaning of "restrain, check, hinder" (1530s). Related: Inhibited; inhibiting.
- To hold back; restrain.
- To suppress or restrain a behavioral process, an impulse, or a desire consciously or unconsciously.
- To prevent or decrease the rate of a chemical reaction.
- To decrease, limit, or block the action or function of something in the body, as an enzyme or organ.