inhibit

[in-hib-it]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to restrain, hinder, arrest, or check (an action, impulse, etc.).
  2. to prohibit; forbid.
  3. Psychology. to consciously or unconsciously suppress or restrain (psychologically or sociologically unacceptable behavior).
  4. Chemistry. to decrease the rate of action of or stop (a chemical reaction).

Origin of inhibit

1425–75; late Middle English inhibiten < Latin inhibitus, past participle of inhibēre to restrain, equivalent to in- in-2 + -hibēre, combining form of habēre to have, hold
Related formsin·hib·it·a·ble, adjectivein·hib·i·to·ry [in-hib-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈhɪb ɪˈtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, in·hib·i·tive, adjectivein·ter·in·hib·i·tive, adjectivenon·in·hib·i·tive, adjectivenon·in·hib·i·to·ry, adjectiveo·ver·in·hib·it, verb (used with object)sub·in·hib·i·to·ry, adjectiveun·in·hib·it·ing, adjective

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Contemporary Examples of inhibit

Historical Examples of inhibit

  • It shares, we said, with attention, the power to reënforce and to inhibit.

    Psychotherapy

    Hugo Mnsterberg

  • To close the path means to inhibit the idea which demands such action.

    Psychotherapy

    Hugo Mnsterberg

  • The wine would cleanse and at least inhibit bacterial growth.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for inhibit

inhibit

verb -its, -iting or -ited (tr)
  1. to restrain or hinder (an impulse, a desire, etc)
  2. to prohibit; forbid
  3. to stop, prevent, or decrease the rate of (a chemical reaction)
  4. electronics
    1. to prevent the occurrence of (a particular signal) in a circuit
    2. to prevent the performance of (a particular operation)
Derived Formsinhibitable, adjectiveinhibitive or inhibitory, adjective

Word Origin for inhibit

C15: from Latin inhibēre to restrain, from in- ² + habēre to have
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Word Origin and History for inhibit
v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

inhibit in Medicine

inhibit

[ĭn-hĭbĭt]
v.
  1. To hold back; restrain.
  2. To suppress or restrain a behavioral process, an impulse, or a desire consciously or unconsciously.
  3. To prevent or decrease the rate of a chemical reaction.
  4. To decrease, limit, or block the action or function of something in the body, as an enzyme or organ.
Related formsin•hibi•to′ry (-tôr′ē) adj.
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