Meaning of “inhibit” - Learner’s Dictionary

inhibit

verb [ T ] uk us /ɪnˈhɪbɪt/
SLOW GROWTH

to make the progress or growth of something slower:

This product inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria.
PERSON

to make it more difficult for someone to do something:

Their threats inhibited witnesses from giving evidence.

(Definition of “inhibit” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)