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inhibit

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1  —as in:
inhibited the growth of...
Definition to limit the activity of someone or something
  • The drug inhibits the spread of cancer.
inhibits = slows or prevents
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • We are concerned that the law inhibits the free expression of religion.
  • inhibits = limits or prevents
  • In their culture, contact between the young was inhibited by strict social customs.
  • inhibited = limited
  • I've learned that the very traits that enabled my survival during childhood inhibit my success as an adult.
    J.D. Vance  --  Hillbilly Elegy
  • inhibit = work against
  • The toxin does the deed insidiously, indirectly, by inhibiting an enzyme essential to glycoprotein metabolism.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • inhibiting = limiting the activity of
  • I call it competitive inhibition of enzymes.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • inhibition = to limit the activity (of something)
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • He had disguised the event as a football rally, strictly for students, without the inhibition of the teachers being present.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • inhibition = restraint
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • In retrospect she saw that her sudden lack of inhibition had intoxicated her more than any of the men had.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • inhibition = restraint
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Closing of the First National failed to inhibit the buying rush.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • inhibit = limit or prevent
  • We believe that schools inhibit the natural curiosity, creativity, and intelligence of children.
    David Almond  --  Skellig
inhibit = keep from developing

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2  —as in:
she is shy and inhibited
Definition unable to act naturally due to being overly self-conscious
  • She's personable and funny with her friends, but tends to be inhibited with strangers.
inhibited = unable to act naturally due to being overly self-conscious
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She is shy and inhibited with strangers.
  • inhibited = unable to act naturally due to being overly self-conscious
  • She moved in front of me with no shyness or inhibition.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • inhibition = inability to act naturally due to being overly self-conscious
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • The histories revealed in each a severe degree of sexual inhibition.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • inhibition = limitation of activity
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • It was like a child's game that had lost all inhibition in adult hands.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • inhibition = limitation or restraint
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • I had not yet considered that my dream girl would also lack any inhibition about language; my companions of the past would have been unable to utter the word "breast" without blushing.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • inhibition = inability to act naturally due to being overly self-conscious
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Maraa Isabel knows he wants her to say she loves him, but she can't; she has always been painfully shy. She feels inhibited in the Internet store.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique's Journey
  • inhibited = unable to act naturally due to being overly self-conscious
  • Jessica, hearing the voices, felt the depth of the experience, realized what terrible inhibitions there must be against shedding tears.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • inhibitions = inability to act naturally due to being overly self-conscious
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
  • A side effect of the sleep syrup is that it makes people less inhibited, like white liquor, and I know I have to control my tongue.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • inhibited = limited in action due to self-consciousness
  • As the president listened in amazement, his usually shy and sexually inhibited wife told him precisely what she wanted from him in bed.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
inhibited = limited in action due to embarrassment or self-consciousness

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