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English verb: inhibit

1. inhibit (change) to put down by force or authority


SamplesSuppress a nascent uprising.
Stamp down on littering.
Conquer one's desires.


Synonymsconquer, curb, stamp down, subdue, suppress


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate


Narrower (hyponym)blink, blink away, burke, choke back, choke down, choke off, dampen, hush, hush up, muffle, quell, quench, quieten, repress, shut up, silence, silence, smother, squelch, stifle, stifle, still, strangle, wink

2. inhibit (change) limit the range or extent of


SamplesContact between the young was inhibited by strict social customs.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel

3. inhibit (social) limit, block, or decrease the action or function of


SamplesInhibit the action of the enzyme.
Inhibit the rate of a chemical reaction.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)hinder, impede


Domain categorybiological science, biology, chemical science, chemistry

4. inhibit (social) control and refrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior


Synonymsbottle up, suppress


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)hold back, keep, keep back, restrain


Narrower (hyponym)choke, hold back, keep, keep back, quench, restrain









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