Simple Definition of forbid
: to order (someone) not to do something
: to say that (something) is not allowed
Full Definition of forbid
1 : 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>
2 : to hinder or prevent as if by an effectual command <space forbids further treatment here>
Examples of forbid
I forbid you to go!
She was forbidden by her parents to marry him.
She was forbidden from marrying him.
The museum forbids flash photography.
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
Definition of forbid
: accursed <he shall live a man forbid — Shakespeare>
First Known Use of forbid
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