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Definition of inhibit
verb (inhibits, inhibiting, inhibited) [with object]
1hinder, restrain, or prevent (an action or process):cold inhibits plant growth prevent or prohibit (someone) from doing something:the earnings rule inhibited some retired people from working Psychology voluntarily or involuntarily restrain the direct expression of (an instinctive impulse).
& Biochemistry (chiefly of a drug or other substance) slow down or prevent (a process, reaction, or function) or reduce the activity of (an enzyme or other agent).
2make (someone) self-conscious and unable to act in a relaxed and natural way:his mother’s strictures would always inhibit him 3(in ecclesiastical law) forbid (a member of the clergy) to exercise clerical functions.