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inhibit (v.)

early 15c., "to forbid, prohibit," back-formation from inhibition or else from Latin inhibitus, past participle of inhibere "to hold in, hold back, keep back," from in- "in, on" (from PIE root *en "in") + habere "to hold" (from PIE root *ghabh- "to give or receive"). Psychological sense (1876) is from earlier, softened meaning of "restrain, check, hinder" (1530s). Related: Inhibited; inhibiting.

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Definitions of inhibit from WordNet

inhibit (v.)
prohibit, forbid, or prevent from doing something;
Contact between the young was inhibited by strict social customs
inhibit (v.)
limit, block, or decrease the action or function of;
inhibit the rate of a chemical reaction
inhibit the action of the enzyme
inhibit (v.)
consciously restrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior;
Synonyms: bottle up / suppress
inhibit (v.)
make (someone) self-conscious and as a result unable to act naturally;
his father's cold and distant demeanor inhibited him emotionally
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