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Meaning of inhibit

in•hib•it

Pronunciation: (in-hib'it), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to restrain, hinder, arrest, or check (an action, impulse, etc.).
  2. to prohibit; forbid.
  3. to consciously or unconsciously suppress or restrain (psychologically or sociologically unacceptable behavior).
  4. to decrease the rate of action of or stop (a chemical reaction).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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