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verb [transitive] [often passive] inhibit pronunciation in American English /ɪnˈhɪbɪt/
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present tense
present participleinhibiting
past tenseinhibited
past participleinhibited
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  1. 1
    to make it difficult for a process to start or continue in a normal way
    Economic growth has been inhibited by the lack of investment.
    factors that inhibit the development of artistic talent
    Drinking coffee inhibits the absorption of iron from your diet.
    1. a.
      to make it difficult for someone to do something
      inhibit someone from doing something: tax rules that inhibit some people from working
  2. 2
    to make someone feel too embarrassed or not confident enough to behave or speak in a normal way
    The presence of police officers inhibited them.
    inhibit someone from doing something: Students may be inhibited from coming to him with their problems.


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