- 1inhibit something to prevent something from happening or make it happen more slowly or less frequently than normal A lack of oxygen may inhibit brain development in the unborn child. Financial considerations are inhibiting access to higher education.
- 2inhibit somebody (from something/from doing something) to make someone nervous or embarrassed so that they are unable to do something The managing director's presence inhibited them from airing their problems.
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NAmE//ɪnˈhɪbət//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they inhibit
he / she / it inhibits
past simple inhibited
-ing form inhibiting