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inhibit (verb) prevent or delay.
If a lack of roads and therefore of transport inhibits the economic growth of a region, it prevents or delays the growth of the region. Large scale illiteracy inhibits the growth of a nation, as it prevents or delays the development of the nation. Malnutrition inhibits the growth of a child because insufficient food prevents or delays the growth of the child. When your presence makes someone feel embarrassed or less confident to say what they want to say, your presence inhibits them from saying what they want to say. A parentís too frequent faulting of a child inhibits the child from saying or doing even the right thing. That is, for fear that it may be faulted, the child might not say or do even the right thing.
- Trevor definitely was very knowledgeable and competent, but that precisely inhibits others from doing things on their own, for fear that he might find defects in their work.
- The lack of proper guidance has inhibited the growth of his career; for, with his intelligence, the right guidance at the right time would have definitely seen him rise to the top level.