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inhibit

Pronunciation: /ɪnˈhɪbət; ɪnˈhɪbɪt/

Translation of inhibit in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

[formal]
  • 1.1 (hold back) [person] inhibir, cohibir*; [attempt] inhibir to inhibit sb from -ing impedirle* a algn + infinitive/infinitivo her shyness inhibited her from saying more su timidez le impidió decir nada más
    Example sentences
    • Public provision of social security assistance could become less important if governments remove policies inhibiting innovation or restraining growth.
    • The size and weight of early equipment, as well as technical difficulties and financial restraints, inhibited the development of radio communications between the wars.
    • Tight ‘influx’ controls were designed to check urban growth and inhibit the development of a black urban working class.
    Example sentences
    • Nor can you allow his prior experience to inhibit you, since it does not put you at a disadvantage in any way that really matters.
    • That one looked like he would like very much to be drunk, but obviously he was inhibited by the presence of his superior officer.
    • You could dress it in superhero costumes, fantasize scenarios in which it pulls off epic feats, and use it to help you escape the imaginary constraints that have been inhibiting you lately.
    1.2 (arrest) [growth/reaction] inhibir
    Example sentences
    • Unlike liquid extracted from other varieties of citrus, grapefruit juice can inhibit enzyme reactions in the gut.
    • If the restriction enzyme activities were inhibited, the DNA fragment would not be cleaved and should be seen in its original size on the gel.
    • Finally inclusion of EDTA in the reaction mixture inhibited the binding reaction suggesting that the divalent cations are essential for this binding activity.

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