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inhibit

in·hib·it

inhibit

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn hI biht
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Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: inhibited, inhibiting, inhibits
definition 1: to hold back, restrain, prevent, or tend to do so.
His fears inhibit him from making friends.Salt inhibits the freezing of water.Threats of violence inhibited the people from registering to vote.
synonyms:
constrain, hinder, impede, prevent, restrain
antonyms:
activate, allow, animate, encourage
similar words:
arrest, bridle, check, control, curb, forbid, obstruct, prohibit, rein in, repress, restrict, stifle, stop, suppress
definition 2: to prevent or forbid.
The law inhibits the transfer of these rights to others.
synonyms:
forbid, prohibit
antonyms:
allow
similar words:
ban, enjoin, interdict, prevent, proscribe, taboo, veto
derivations: inhibited (adj.), inhibitive (adj.), inhibitory (adj.)
Word Parts
The word inhibit contains the following parts:
in-1 Latin prefix that means in, into, on
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The prefix in-1 occurs in Latin loanwords and thus attaches to Latin roots (infect , inscribe ). -in1 has multiple forms, as the "n" sound in in- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms il-1, im-1, and ir-1.
hab, hib Latin root that means hold, have