Meaning of “inhibit” in the English Dictionary

"inhibit" in American English

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inhibitverb [ T ]

us /ɪnˈhɪb·ɪt/

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)

"inhibit" in Business English

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inhibitverb [ T ]

uk /ɪnˈhɪbɪt/ us

to prevent something from developing in the way or at the rate that is possible:

inhibit competition/growth/innovation Authorities fear that fewer, bigger airlines will inhibit competition.

(Definition of “inhibit” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)