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inhibit -- as in: inhibited the growth of...
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to limit the activity of someone or something
  • The drug inhibits the spread of cancer.
  • In their culture, contact between the young was inhibited by strict social customs.
  • The theory is that election to Congress is tantamount to being dispatched to Washington on a looting raid for the enrichment of your state or district, and no other ethic need inhibit the feeding frenzy.
    George F. Will
  • I believe that Congress will and must act before then to renew its objections to multiple and discriminatory taxes on the Internet, as well as to taxes that inhibit Internet access...
    John McCain

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  • We believe that schools inhibit the natural curiosity, creativity, and intelligence of children.
    David Almond  --  Skellig
  • If the morning meat delivery made me somewhat squeamish, it did not inhibit the pups.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • There were terpenes, which plants spread to poison the soil around them and inhibit competitors; alkaloids, which made them unpalatable to insects and predators (and children); and pheromones, used for communication.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Slowly, feeling the compulsions and unable to inhibit them, Paul put his hand into the box.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Another was a coagulase, which coated the bacteria with protein to inhibit destruction by white cells.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Closing of the First National failed to inhibit the buying rush.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon

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  • So far, two courts have ruled against the patients, relying on the same logic used in the Moore case (that giving patients those rights would inhibit research, etc).
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • One wrong word, one poorly constructed phrase, and he might destroy her sense of empathy, or preclude her from ever learning how to communicate with her mind, or inhibit her own sense of pain, so she would not immediately notice when she was injured.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • And that nothing may interrupt it in its course I shut out every obstacle, every extraneous idea, I stop my ears and inhibit all attention to the sounds which come from the next room.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Their role was to act as agents provocateurs, and they would attempt to push us around, take our food, and inhibit any political discussions we tried to have.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • And his words have been used by the Supreme Court many times—in fact, the Lemon test, which the high court has used since 1971, says that for a law to be constitutional, it must have a secular purpose, must neither advance nor inhibit religion, and must not result in excessive government entanglement with religion.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • He was powerless to inhibit the picture.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • Lemuel raised his hand calmly a few inches off the arm of his chair to inhibit a red-faced Sykes.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Since the Glatun could, somehow, inhibit any degradation in organic materials, "rations" meant a very choice selection of foods.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • The grieving sky turned the little water to a dangerous metal and then the wind got up—not the gusty, rabbity wind of the seacoasts I know but a great bursting sweep of wind with nothing to inhibit it for a thousand miles in any direction.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Pomerat replied: With regard to your disapproval for a wide exploration of the HeLa strain, I don’t see how you can hope to inhibit progress in this direction since you released the strain so widely that it now can be purchased commercially This is a little bit like requesting people not to work on the golden hamster! I realize that it is the goodness of your heart that made available the HeLa cell and therefore why you now find that everybody wants to get into the act.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • But I thought Mentat training had to start during infancy and the subject couldn’t be told because it might inhibit the early . " He broke off, all his past circumstances coming to focus in one flashing computation.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • We are concerned that the law inhibits the free expression of religion.
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as in: inhibited the growth of... Define
to limit the activity of someone or something
as in: he is shy and inhibited Define
restrained behavior -- especially due to a lack of confidence
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