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Meaning of word inhibit from English dictionary with examples, synonyms and antonyms.

inhibit   verb

Meaning : Prohibit, forbid, or prevent from doing something.

Example : Contact between the young was inhibited by strict social customs.

Meaning : Limit, block, or decrease the action or function of.

Example : Inhibit the action of the enzyme.
Inhibit the rate of a chemical reaction.

Meaning : Consciously restrain from showing. Of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior.

Example : Suppress a smile.
He let his anger bottle up until he exploded.

Synonyms : bottle up, suppress

Meaning : Make (someone) self-conscious and as a result unable to act naturally.

Example : His father's cold and distant demeanor inhibited him emotionally.