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Synonyms for inhibit
ɪnˈhɪb ɪtin·hib·it

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. inhibit

    To prohibit is to give some formal command against, and especially to make some authoritative legal enactment against. Debar is said of persons, disallow of acts; one is debarred from anything when shut off, as by some irresistible authority or necessity; one is prohibited from an act in express terms; he may be debarred by silent necessity. An act is disallowed by the authority that might have allowed it; the word is especially applied to acts which are done before they are pronounced upon; thus, a government may disallow the act of its commander in the field or its admiral on the high seas. Inhibit and interdict are chiefly known by their ecclesiastical use. As between forbid and prohibit, forbid is less formal and more personal, prohibit more official and judicial, with the implication of readiness to use such force as may be needed to give effect to the enactment; a parent forbids a child to take part in some game or to associate with certain companions; the slave-trade is now prohibited by the leading nations of the world. Many things are prohibited by law which can not be wholly prevented, as gambling and prostitution; on the other hand, things may be prevented which are not prohibited, as the services of religion, the payment of debts, or military conquest. That which is precluded need not be prohibited. Compare ABOLISH; HINDER; PREVENT.

    Synonyms:
    debar, disallow, forbid, hinder, interdict, preclude, prevent, prohibit

    Antonyms:
    allow, authorize, command, consent to, direct, empower, enjoin, give consent, give leave, give permission, let, license, order, permit, put up with, require, sanction, suffer, tolerate, warrant

    Preposition:
    An act is prohibited by law; a person is prohibited by law from doing a certain act. Prohibit was formerly construed, as forbid still is, with the infinitive, but the construction with from and the verbal noun has now entirely superseded the older usage.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. inhibit

    Synonyms:
    prevent, hinder, prohibit, restrain, debar

    Antonyms:
    urge, incite, permit, encourage, impel

Princeton's WordNet

  1. suppress, stamp down, inhibit, subdue, conquer, curbverb

    to put down by force or authority

    "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires"

    Synonyms:
    chasten, capture, get over, master, crush, conquer, moderate, quash, keep down, surmount, restrict, suppress, bottle up, crucify, subjugate, reduce, control, curb, stamp down, hold, seize, subordinate, tame, mortify, hold in, curtail, appropriate, contain, oppress, cut back, overcome, subdue, repress, check

  2. inhibitverb

    limit the range or extent of

    "Contact between the young was inhibited by strict social customs"

    Synonyms:
    bottle up, curb, conquer, stamp down, suppress, subdue

  3. inhibitverb

    limit, block, or decrease the action or function of

    "inhibit the action of the enzyme"; "inhibit the rate of a chemical reaction"

    Synonyms:
    bottle up, curb, conquer, stamp down, suppress, subdue

  4. inhibit, bottle up, suppressverb

    control and refrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior

    Synonyms:
    curb, oppress, subdue, bottle up, crush, conquer, repress, stamp down, suppress

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. inhibitverb

    Synonyms:
    restrain, hinder, check, repress, obstruct, bar, debar, stop

  2. inhibitverb

    Synonyms:
    prohibit, forbid, interdict

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "inhibit":

    impede, hinder, hamper, prevent, obstruct

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#54755subdue
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#80021crucify
#100697surmount
#108408interdict
#116275subjugate
#145048debar
#219145mortify
#246567chasten

How to use inhibit in a sentence?

  1. Michael Iuvone:

    The standard of care in most cases is to give injections of drugs that inhibit the growth hormones that is called vascular epithelial growth factor, or VEGF, for most people, it at least slows the progression and in some cases actually improves visual acuity.

  2. William Jacobson:

    They [police] may subjectively feel that the spotlight on them does inhibit their ability to act, but that subjective feeling cannot trump the First Amendment.

  3. Josef Penninger:

    If you think about it, it's realistic that we could shut down ALK and reduce ALK function to see if we did stay skinny, aLK inhibitors are used in cancer treatments already. It's targetable. We could possibly inhibit ALK, and we actually will try to do this in the future.

  4. Nelson Smith:

    For the lenders, the most obvious risk is making an investment in a school that doesn't last very long, you can mitigate that risk if there's really good communication between the authorizer and the lender over the school's current status, anything that will inhibit clear renewal of the charter and any underlying strengths and weaknesses.

  5. Deborah Alexander:

    We’re all trying to figure out what to do about grades, there is no way to know what mayhem is going on to promote or inhibit performance.


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