Inhibit Definition

inhibited, inhibiting, inhibits
inhibited, inhibiting, inhibits
To hold back or keep from some action, feeling, etc.; check or repress.
Webster's New World
To prohibit; forbid.
Webster's New World
To cause (a person) to behave in a restrained or self-conscious way.
He felt inhibited by the presence of so many famous people.
American Heritage
To suppress or restrain (behavior, an impulse, or a desire) consciously or unconsciously.
American Heritage
To prevent or decrease the rate of (a reaction).
American Heritage

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

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