AskDefine | Define inhibit

Dictionary Definition



1 to put down by force or authority; "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires" [syn: suppress, stamp down, subdue, conquer, curb]
2 limit the range or extent of; "Contact between the young was inhibited by strict social customs"

User Contributed Dictionary



From Latin inhibere, inhibit-, "to hold in", "to check", "to restrain", from in-, + habere, "to have", "to hold".



  1. to hinder; to restrain


to hinder; to restrain
  • Czech: potlačit
  • Finnish: rajoittaa, estä
  • French: inhiber
  • Hungarian: gátol, akadályoz
  • Japanese: 抑制する 阻止する 制止する 抑止する
  • Swedish: hämma

Extensive Definition

Inhibitor or inhibition may refer to:

See also

inhibit in Danish: Inhibitor
inhibit in French: Inhibiteur
inhibit in Italian: Inibizione

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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