Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Therefore he decides that although the First Amendment forbids Congress to abridge political speech, that proscription is somehow superseded by Congress's right to, in Breyer's words, "inhibit" some "speech opportunities" in the name of fine-tuning "a democratic conversation."

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  • It added that the tie-up would have the potential to 'inhibit' the editorial and scheduling flexibility of both the BBC and ITV network.

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  • New York Post, my editor would purge French-derived words, like those ending with i-o-n, and replace them with the Anglo-Saxon equivalent, so instead of "inhibit" you had

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  • So I'm at a loss at how this legislation would "inhibit" anybody's "religious freedom". tolkien_fan73 Says: paleolib: I had the same thought:

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  • We have been hexed to devalue, negatively connote, discredit, caution against, inhibit, prohibit, and even become scared and fearful of allowing spirit to express itself through our whole body, mind, heart, and soul.

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  • If we're not conscious of the values of our conditioned self-structure, they are going to inhibit our capacity to be a truly awake individual.

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  • According to the FDA, in 2009 more than 5 million prescriptions were filled for bisphosphonates, which inhibit bone loss.

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  • Japan posted a $10.66 billion trade deficit in May, the biggest shortfall in nearly 2½ years, as the impact of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami continues to inhibit an economic recovery.

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