Inhibit meaning

ĭn-hĭbĭt
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.

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To prohibit (an ecclesiastic) from performing clerical duties.
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To hold back or keep from some action, feeling, etc.; check or repress.
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To prohibit; forbid.
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To hold back; restrain.
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To suppress or restrain a behavioral process, an impulse, or a desire consciously or unconsciously.
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To decrease, limit, or block the action or function of something in the body, as an enzyme or organ.
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Origin of inhibit

  • Middle English inhibiten to forbid from Latin inhibēre inhibit- to restrain, forbid in- in in–2 habēre to hold ghabh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin inhibitus, perfect passive participle of inhibeō (“I hold in, check, restrain”), from in (“in, at, on”), + habeō (“I have, hold, keep”).

    From Wiktionary