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inhibit

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of inhibit

  1. 1 to create difficulty for the work or activity of the cold inhibited her from getting much work done that morning Synonyms of inhibit clog, cramp, embarrass, encumber, fetter, handcuff, handicap, hinder, hobble, hog-tie, hold back, hold up, impede, hamper, interfere (with), manacle, obstruct, shackle, short-circuit, stymie, tie up, trammelWords Related to inhibit balk, check, constrain, curb, rein, restrain; bind, chain, halter, leash, tether, tie; arrest, brake, delay, retain, retard; barricade, block, blockade, roadblock; bog (down), mire; choke, smother, stifle, strangle, suffocate; baffle, foil, frustrate, stump, thwart; derail, disrupt, sabotage; muzzle, repress, suppress; confine, hedge (in), hem (in)Near Antonyms of inhibit clear, make way, open, unclog, unplug, unstop; free, liberate, release, untie; loosen, smooth; encourage, further, promoteAntonyms of inhibit aid, assist, facilitate, help

  2. 2 to keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level (as of expression) laws designed to inhibit the powers of the intelligence organizations Synonyms of inhibit bridle, check, constrain, contain, curb, govern, hold, control, keep, measure, pull in, regulate, rein (in), restrain, rule, tameWords Related to inhibit bottle (up), choke (back), hold back, mince, muffle, pocket, repress, sink, smother, squelch, stifle, strangle, suppress, swallow; arrest, interrupt, stop; block, hamper, handcuff, hinder, impede, obstruct; gag, muzzle, silenceNear Antonyms of inhibit liberate, loose, loosen, unleash; air, express, take out, ventAntonyms of inhibit lose

  3. 3 to steer (a person) from an activity or course of action a fundamental sense of propriety should have inhibited you from making a drunken spectacle of yourself Synonyms of inhibit deter, dissuade, discourageWords Related to inhibit divert; unsell; repelNear Antonyms of inhibit egg (on), exhort, goad, prod, urge; impel, induce, promptAntonyms of inhibit encourage, persuade

Synonym Discussion of inhibit

forbid, prohibit, interdict, inhibit mean to debar one from doing something or to order that something not be done. forbid implies that the order is from one in authority and that obedience is expected.
    • smoking is forbidden in the building
prohibit suggests the issuing of laws, statutes, or regulations.
    • prohibited the sale of liquor
interdict implies prohibition by civil or ecclesiastical authority usually for a given time or a declared purpose.
    • practices interdicted by the church
inhibit implies restraints or restrictions that amount to prohibitions, not only by authority but also by the exigencies of the time or situation.
    • conditions inhibiting the growth of free trade


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