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[in-hib-it] /ɪnˈhɪb ɪt/

verb (used with object)
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).
verb (transitive) -its, -iting, -ited
to restrain or hinder (an impulse, a desire, etc)
to prohibit; forbid
to stop, prevent, or decrease the rate of (a chemical reaction)


late 15c., from Medieval Latin inhibitorius, from past participle stem of Latin inhibere (see inhibition).

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.

inhibit in·hib·it (ĭn-hĭb’ĭt)
v. in·hib·it·ed, in·hib·it·ing, in·hib·its

in·hib’i·to’ry (-tôr’ē) adj.


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