from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To hold back; restrain. See Synonyms at restrain.
- transitive v. To prohibit; forbid.
- transitive v. Psychology To suppress or restrain (behavior, an impulse, or a desire) consciously or unconsciously.
- transitive v. Chemistry To prevent or decrease the rate of (a reaction).
- transitive v. Biology To decrease, limit, or block the action or function of (an enzyme or organ, for example).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to hinder; to restrain
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To check; to hold back; to restrain; to hinder.
- transitive v. To forbid; to prohibit; to interdict.
- transitive v. To cause the rate of (a chemical or biochemical reaction) to proceed slower, or to halt.
- transitive v. To restrain (a behavior) by a mechanism involving conscious or unconscious motivations.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To hold back; hinder by obstruction or restriction; check or repress.
- To forbid; prohibit; interdict.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. control and refrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior
- v. limit the range or extent of
- v. limit, block, or decrease the action or function of
- v. to put down by force or authority
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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin inhibitus, perfect passive participle of inhibeō ("I hold in, check, restrain"), from in ("in, at, on"), + habeō ("I have, hold, keep"). (Wiktionary)