Pronunciation: (in-hib'it), [key]
1. to restrain, hinder, arrest, or check (an action, impulse, etc.).
2. to prohibit; forbid.
3. Psychol.to consciously or unconsciously suppress or restrain (psychologically or sociologically unacceptable behavior).
4. Chem.to decrease the rate of action of or stop (a chemical reaction).
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