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Definition 1: prohibit, forbid, or prevent from doing something - [verb of change]

Samples where inhibit or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Contact between the young was inhibited by strict social customs

(inhibit is a kind of ...) keep from happening or arising; make impossible

"My sense of tact forbids an honest answer" "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"

Definition 2: make (someone) self-conscious and as a result unable to act naturally - [verb of emotion]

Samples where inhibit or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his father's cold and distant demeanor inhibited him emotionally

(inhibit is a kind of ...) cause to lose one's composure

Samples where inhibit or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • suppress a smile
  • he let his anger bottle up until he exploded

Synonyms for inhibit in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of inhibit ) suppress or constrain so as to lessen in intensity

"Stifle your curiosity"

(... is a kind of inhibit ) suppress in order to conceal or hide

"smother a yawn" "muffle one's anger" "strangle a laugh" "repress a cry of fear"

(... is a kind of inhibit ) check or slow down the action or effect of

"She choked her anger"

Samples where inhibit or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • inhibit the action of the enzyme
  • inhibit the rate of a chemical reaction

(inhibit is a kind of ...) be a hindrance or obstacle to

"She is impeding the progress of our project"

(inhibit belongs to category ...) the science that studies living organisms

(inhibit belongs to category ...) the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions

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