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Meaning & Definition of Inhibit in English

English

Inhibit

/ɪnhɪbət/

verb

1. To put down by force or authority

  • "Suppress a nascent uprising"
  • "Stamp down on littering"
  • "Conquer one's desires"
    synonym:
  • suppress
  • ,
  • stamp down
  • ,
  • inhibit
  • ,
  • subdue
  • ,
  • conquer
  • ,
  • curb

2. Limit the range or extent of

  • "Contact between the young was inhibited by strict social customs"
    synonym:
  • inhibit

3. Limit, block, or decrease the action or function of

  • "Inhibit the action of the enzyme"
  • "Inhibit the rate of a chemical reaction"
    synonym:
  • inhibit

4. Control and refrain from showing

  • Of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior
    synonym:
  • inhibit
  • ,
  • bottle up
  • ,
  • suppress

Examples of using

Yet education is the only factor that can inhibit prejudice, be it between ethnicity or gender.