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Definition of inhibit verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    inhibit

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈhɪbɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈhɪbɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they inhibit
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈhɪbɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈhɪbɪt//
     
    he / she / it inhibits
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈhɪbɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈhɪbɪts//
     
    past simple inhibited
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈhɪbɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈhɪbɪtɪd//
     
    past participle inhibited
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈhɪbɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈhɪbɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form inhibiting
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈhɪbɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈhɪbɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1inhibit something (formal) 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. Alcohol significantly inhibits the action of the drug.
  2. 2inhibit somebody (from something/from doing something) to make somebody nervous or embarrassed so that they are unable to do something The managing director's presence inhibited them from airing their problems. The fear of dismissal inhibited employees from raising problems.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘forbid (a person) to do something’): from Latin inhibere ‘hinder’, from in- ‘in’ + habere ‘hold’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: inhibit