Definition of forbid
- The law forbids stores to sell liquor to minors.
- Her mother forbids her to go.
- Space forbids further treatment here.
- Modesty forbids telling what my part was in the affair.
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.
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: to order (someone) not to do something
: to say that (something) is not allowed
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