Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “inhibit”

inhibit

verb [T]  /ɪnˈhɪb·ɪt/ us  
to take an action that makes something less likely to happen, or that discourages someone from doing something: The merger of the two corporations was not allowed because it would inhibit open competition. Some states have a rule that inhibits lawyers from talking about their cases outside the courtroom.
(Definition of inhibit from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of inhibit?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “inhibit” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

stampede

When animals or people stampede, they all move quickly in the same direction, often because they are frightened.

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More