from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To hold back; restrain: synonym: restrain.
  • transitive verb To cause (a person) to behave in a restrained or self-conscious way.
  • transitive verb Psychology To suppress or restrain (behavior, an impulse, or a desire) consciously or unconsciously.
  • transitive verb Chemistry To prevent or decrease the rate of (a reaction).
  • transitive verb Biology To decrease, limit, or block the action or function of (an enzyme or organ, for example).
  • transitive verb To prohibit (an ecclesiastic) from performing clerical duties.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To hold back; hinder by obstruction or restriction; check or repress.
  • To forbid; prohibit; interdict.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To check; to hold back; to restrain; to hinder.
  • transitive verb To forbid; to prohibit; to interdict.
  • transitive verb (Chem., Biochem.) To cause the rate of (a chemical or biochemical reaction) to proceed slower, or to halt.
  • transitive verb To restrain (a behavior) by a mechanism involving conscious or unconscious motivations.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb to hinder; to restrain

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb control and refrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior
  • verb limit the range or extent of
  • verb limit, block, or decrease the action or function of
  • verb to put down by force or authority


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English inhibiten, to forbid, from Latin inhibēre, inhibit-, to restrain, forbid : in-, in; see in– + habēre, to hold; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin inhibitus, perfect passive participle of inhibeō ("I hold in, check, restrain"), from in ("in, at, on"), + habeō ("I have, hold, keep").


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