Definition of forbid
forbadeplay play \fər-ˈbad, -ˈbād, fȯr-\ also
forbadplay \fər-ˈbad, fȯr-\;
forbiddenplay \fər-ˈbi-dən, fȯr-\;
1 : to proscribe (see proscribe 2) 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. Modesty forbids telling what my part was in the affair.
Examples of forbid in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of forbid from the Web
Some of his contemporaries sold old plumbing parts or fruit and vegetables from pushcarts set up in the middle of Maxwell Street, not far from where that sign now forbids it.
His mother had forbidden him from riding motorcycles as a boy, so his main exposure was as a teen, attending the Friday night motorcycle races at Gardena’s Ascot Raceway.
As a result, teams are forbidden from making contact with coaches and players who are under contract with other teams.
ROBERTSON: To get doctors to prescribe more generic drugs, they could be offered a carrot, like a bonus based on the number of generic drugs prescribed, or a stick, forbidding them to write more than a certain number of brand-name prescriptions.
In Washington, the state’s legal marijuana law forbids pot growers, processors or retailers from operating within 1,000 feet of schools, playgrounds and parks, among other locations.
On Sunday, more than 100,000 people gathered for an annual vigil commemorating the 28th anniversary of the bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing, a public display forbidden on the mainland.
Another 2013 law forbade the use of government money to lobby on gun issues, and the following year, lawmakers stripped cities and counties of their power to regulate guns.
God forbid the kid have a weapon and his locker and in fight or flight mode opt to shoot up the school.
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Synonym Discussion of forbid
Definition of forbid
: accursed he shall live a man forbid — William Shakespeare
FORBID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of forbid for English Language Learners
: to order (someone) not to do something
: to say that (something) is not allowed
FORBID Defined for Kids
Definition of forbid for Students
: to order not to do something I forbid you to go!
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