- Inhibit is defined as to hold back or keep something from happening.
An example of inhibit is locking a door to keep people from coming in.
- to hold back or keep from some action, feeling, etc.; check or repress
- Rare to prohibit; forbid
Origin: from Classical Latin inhibitus, past participle of inhibere, to hold back, restrain, curb from in-, in, on plush habere, to have, hold: see habit
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transitive verb in·hib·it·ed, in·hib·it·ing, in·hib·its
- To hold back; restrain. See Synonyms at restrain.
- To prohibit; forbid.
- Psychology To suppress or restrain (behavior, an impulse, or a desire) consciously or unconsciously.
- a. Chemistry To prevent or decrease the rate of (a reaction).b. Biology To decrease, limit, or block the action or function of (an enzyme or organ, for example).
Origin: Middle English inhibiten, to forbid, from Latin inhibēre, inhibit-, to restrain, forbid : in-, in; see in-2 + habēre, to hold; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots.
- in·hibˈit·a·ble adjective
- in·hibˈi·tive, in·hibˈi·toˌry adjective
inhibit - Medical Definition
- 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.
- inhibitory adjective