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verb [transitive] [often passive] inhibit pronunciation in British English /ɪnˈhɪbɪt/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyinhibit
he/she/itinhibits
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

    factors that inhibit the development of artistic talent

    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
    inhibit someone from doing something:

    Students may be inhibited from coming to him with their problems.

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