Definitions for: Inhibit


[v] to put down by force or authority; "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires"
[v] limit the range or extent of; "Contact between the young was inhibited by strict social customs"



Webster (1913) Definition: In*hib"it, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Inhibited; p. pr. &
vb. n. Inhibiting.] [L. inhibitus, p. p. of inhibere; pref.
in- in + habere to have, hold. See Habit.]
1. To check; to hold back; to restrain; to hinder.

Their motions also are excited or inhibited . . . by
the objects without them. --Bentley.

2. To forbid; to prohibit; to interdict.

All men were inhibited, by proclamation, at the
dissolution, so much as to mention a Parliament.
--Clarendon.

Burial may not be inhibited or denied to any one.
--Ayliffe.

Synonyms: conquer, curb, stamp down, subdue, suppress

See Also: blink, blink away, bound, burke, check, choke back, choke down, choke off, confine, contain, control, dampen, hold, hold in, hush, hush up, limit, moderate, muffle, quell, quench, quieten, repress, restrain, restrict, shut up, silence, smother, squelch, stifle, still, strangle, throttle, trammel, wink

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