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verb for·bid \fər-ˈbid, fr-\

: to order (someone) not to do something

: to say that (something) is not allowed

for·bade\-ˈbad, -ˈbād\ also for·bad\-ˈbad\for·bid·den\-ˈbi-dən\for·bid·ding

Full Definition of FORBID

transitive verb
:  to proscribe from or as if from the position of one in authority :  command against <the law forbids stores to sell liquor to minors> <her mother forbids her to go>
:  to hinder or prevent as if by an effectual command <space forbids further treatment here>
for·bid·der noun

Examples of FORBID

  1. I forbid you to go!
  2. She was forbidden by her parents to marry him.
  3. She was forbidden from marrying him.
  4. The museum forbids flash photography.
  5. The company's rules forbid dating among employees.

Origin of FORBID

Middle English forbidden, from Old English forbēodan, from for- + bēodan to bid — more at bid
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of FORBID

forbid, prohibit, interdict, inhibit mean to debar one from doing something or to order that something not be done. forbid implies that the order is from one in authority and that obedience is expected <smoking is forbidden in the building>. prohibit suggests the issuing of laws, statutes, or regulations <prohibited the sale of liquor>. interdict implies prohibition by civil or ecclesiastical authority usually for a given time or a declared purpose <practices interdicted by the church>. inhibit implies restraints or restrictions that amount to prohibitions, not only by authority but also by the exigencies of the time or situation <conditions inhibiting the growth of free trade>.



Definition of FORBID

:  accursed <he shall live a man forbid — Shakespeare>

First Known Use of FORBID

FORBID Defined for Kids


verb for·bid \fər-ˈbid\
for·bade \-ˈbad\for·bid·den \-ˈbi-dən\for·bid·ding

Definition of FORBID for Kids

:  to order not to do something <I forbid you to go!>


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