I'm currently struggling with some words and how to use them in phrases. I have looked up the word 'inhibit' using the on-line Collins Dictionary, which said:

To inhibit someone from doing something means to prevent them from doing it, although they want to do it or should be able to do it.

I think I now understand this word better. Can you tell me if I have used this word correctly in the following sentence:

Don't surround yourself with people that try to inhibit who you are.

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  • Inhibit goes better with doing than with being. You would be understood, but the phrase inhibit who you are isn't optimal. You might consider the verb stifle. "...who try to stifle you". – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jul 11 '18 at 17:38

The verb 'inhibit' has two related meanings:

To prevent someone from doing something by making them feel nervous or embarrassed

Some workers were inhibited (from speaking) by the presence of their managers.

To slow down a process or the growth of something

This drug inhibits the growth of tumours.

Taking the first meaning, the idea expressed in your sentence could be written thus: Don't surround yourself with people that try to inhibit you from being who you are.

Inhibit (Cambridge)

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