Simple Definition of inhibit
: to keep (someone) from doing what he or she wants to do
: to prevent or slow down the activity or occurrence of (something)
Full Definition of inhibit
Examples of inhibit
You shouldn't allow fear of failure to inhibit you.
He was inhibited by modesty.
Fear can inhibit people from expressing their opinions.
drugs that are used to inhibit infection
Strict laws are inhibiting economic growth.
Origin of inhibit
Middle English, from Latin inhibitus, past participle of inhibēre, from in- 2in- + habēre to have — more at habit
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of inhibit
INHIBIT Defined for Kids
Definition of inhibit
: to prevent or hold back from doing something <Shyness inhibited her in making new friends.>
Medical Definition of inhibit
1a: to restrain from free or spontaneous activity especially through the operation of inner psychological or external social constraints <an inhibited person>b: to check or restrain the force or vitality of <inhibit aggressive tendencies>
2a: to reduce or suppress the activity of <a presynaptic neuron can not only excite a postsynaptic neuron but can also inhibit it—H. W. Kendler>b: to retard or prevent the formation ofc: to retard, interfere with, or prevent (a process or reaction) <inhibit ovulation>
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