HyperDic: inhibit

English > 4 senses of the word inhibit:
VERBchangeinhibitlimit the range or extent of
socialinhibitlimit, block, or decrease the action or function of
socialinhibit, bottle up, suppresscontrol and refrain from showing
emotioninhibitmake (someone) self-conscious and as a result unable to act naturally
inhibit > pronunciation
Soundsihnhhih'baht
Rhymesabbot ... zealot / Zealot: 372 rhymes with aht...
English > inhibit: 4 senses > verb 1, change
MeaningLimit the range or extent of.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Example"Contact between the young was inhibited by strict social customs"
Broaderprevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbidKeep from happening / happening or arising
Spanishinhibir
Catalaninhibir
Adjectivesinhibitoryrestrictive of action
Nounsinhibitionthe action of prohibiting or inhibiting or forbidding (or an instance thereof)
inhibitora substance that retards or stops an activity
English > inhibit: 4 senses > verb 2, social
MeaningLimit, block, or decrease the action or function of.
PatternSomething ----s something
Examples
  • "inhibit the action of the enzyme"
  • "inhibit the rate of a chemical reaction"
Categorybiology, biological scienceThe science that studies living organisms
chemistry, chemical scienceThe science of matter
Broaderimpede, hinderBe a hindrance or obstacle to
Nounsinhibitora substance that retards or stops an activity
English > inhibit: 4 senses > verb 3, social
MeaningControl and refrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Synonymsbottle up, suppress
Narrowerchokecheck or slow down the action or effect of
smother, stifle, strangle, muffle, repressconceal or hide
stifle, dampensmother or suppress
Spanishrefrenar, reprimir, suprimir
Catalanrefrenar, reprimir
Nounsinhibition(psychology) the conscious exclusion of unacceptable thoughts or desires / desires
English > inhibit: 4 senses > verb 4, emotion
MeaningMake (someone) self-conscious and as a result unable to act naturally.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody
Example"his father's cold and distant demeanor inhibited him emotionally"
Broaderupset, discompose, untune, disconcert, discomfitCause to lose one's composure

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