inhibit

  • 1 inhibit — in‧hib‧it [ɪnˈhɪbt] verb [transitive] to prevent something from growing or developing in the way that it could or being as good as it should be: • Air fares tend to be higher at airports where certain factors inhibit competition among airlines.… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 Inhibit — In*hib it, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inhibited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inhibiting}.] [L. inhibitus, p. p. of inhibere; pref. in in + habere to have, hold. See {Habit}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To check; to hold back; to restrain; to hinder. [1913 Webster] Their… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 inhibit — I verb arrest, ban, bar, bridle, check, choke, constrain, control, curb, debar, delay, disallow, enjoin, estop, extinguish, forbid, frustrate, gag, govern, harness, hinder, hold back, hold in, impede, intercept, interdicere, interdict, interrupt …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 inhibit — (v.) early 15c., to forbid, prohibit, back formation from inhibition or else from L. inhibitus, pp. of inhibere to hold in, hold back, keep back (see INHIBITION (Cf. inhibition)). Psychological sense (1876) is from earlier, softened meaning of… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 inhibit — inhìbīt m <G inhibíta> DEFINICIJA ono što usporava, otežava; supstancija koja usporava ili zaustavlja neku reakciju; negativni katalizator; kočnica, inhibitor ETIMOLOGIJA vidi inhibirati …

    Hrvatski jezični portal

  • 6 inhibit — 1 *forbid, prohibit, interdict, ban, enjoin Analogous words: *prevent, preclude, obviate, avert, ward: debar, rule out, *exclude: *hinder, impede, obstruct, block, bar Antonyms: allow Contrasted words: * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 inhibit — [v] restrict, prevent arrest, avert, bar, bit, bridle, check, constrain, cramp, curb, discourage, enjoin, faze, forbid, frustrate, hang up*, hinder, hog tie*, hold back, hold down, hold in, impede, interdict, keep in, obstruct, outlaw, prohibit,… …

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  • 8 inhibit — ► VERB (inhibited, inhibiting) 1) hinder or restrain (an action or process). 2) make (someone) unable to act in a relaxed and natural way. DERIVATIVES inhibited adjective inhibitive adjective. ORIGIN Latin inhibere …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 inhibit — [in hib′it] vt. [< L inhibitus, pp. of inhibere, to hold back, restrain, curb < in , in, on + habere, to have, hold: see HABIT] 1. to hold back or keep from some action, feeling, etc.; check or repress 2. Rare to prohibit; forbid SYN.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 inhibit — 01. Research suggests that sugar may [inhibit] the body s immune system somewhat. 02. The young woman was so shy that it [inhibited] her ability to make friends. 03. Surprisingly, recent research has discovered that the cocoa powder in chocolate… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 11 inhibit */ — UK [ɪnˈhɪbɪt] / US verb [transitive, often passive] Word forms inhibit : present tense I/you/we/they inhibit he/she/it inhibits present participle inhibiting past tense inhibited past participle inhibited 1) a) to make it difficult for a process… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 inhibit — verb ADVERB ▪ greatly, markedly, seriously, severely, significantly, strongly ▪ Alcohol significantly inhibits the action of the drug. ▪ directly …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 inhibit — in|hib|it [ ın hıbıt ] verb transitive often passive * 1. ) to make it difficult for a process to start or continue in a normal way: Economic growth has been inhibited by the lack of investment. factors that inhibit the development of artistic… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 inhibit — To curb or restrain. * * * in·hib·it in hib ət vt 1 a) to restrain from free or spontaneous activity esp. through the operation of inner psychological or external social constraints <an inhibited person> b) to check or restrain the force or …

    Medical dictionary

  • 15 inhibit — in|hib|it [ınˈhıbıt] v [T] [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of inhibere to prevent , from habere to have ] 1.) to prevent something from growing or developing well ▪ An unhappy family life may inhibit children s learning. 2.)… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 inhibit — v. (D; tr.) to inhibit from * * * [ɪn hɪbɪt] (D; tr.) to inhibit from …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 17 inhibit — [[t]ɪnhɪ̱bɪt[/t]] inhibits, inhibiting, inhibited 1) VERB If something inhibits an event or process, it prevents it or slows it down. [V n] Wine or sugary drinks inhibit digestion... [V n] The high cost of borrowing is inhibiting investment by… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 inhibit — verb (T) 1 to prevent something from growing or developing as much as it might have done otherwise: Failure to set up a good transport network inhibited the expansion of trade. 2 to make someone feel embarrassed or less confident so that they… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 inhibit — See inhibit, prohibit …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 20 inhibit — verb 1) the obstacles that inhibit change Syn: impede, hinder, hamper, hold back, discourage, interfere with, obstruct, slow down, retard; curb, check, suppress, restrict, fetter, cramp, frustrate, stifle …

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