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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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