forbid

verb
for·​bid | \ fər-ˈbid How to pronounce forbid (audio) , fȯr-\
forbade\ fər-​ˈbad How to pronounce forbade (audio) , -​ˈbād , fȯr-​ How to pronounce forbade (audio) \ also forbad\ fər-​ˈbad How to pronounce forbad (audio) , fȯr-​ \; forbidden\ fər-​ˈbi-​dᵊn How to pronounce forbidden (audio) , fȯr-​ \; forbidding

Definition of forbid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to proscribe (see proscribe sense 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.

forbid

adjective

Definition of forbid (Entry 2 of 2)

archaic
: accursed he shall live a man forbid— William Shakespeare

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Other Words from forbid

Verb

forbidder noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for forbid

Synonyms: Verb

ban, bar, enjoin, interdict, outlaw, prohibit, proscribe

Antonyms: Verb

allow, let, permit, suffer

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Verb

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

Examples of forbid in a Sentence

Verb

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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At a board meeting for the expatriate arts club, the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen criticized its rules forbidding women from serving as society librarian and from having votes on the board. Andrew Katzenstein, Harper's magazine, "The Radical Conservative," 16 Sep. 2019 The hospital, which overlooks the surging Panjshir River, is a refuge from the rugged, forbidding countryside that surrounds it. David Zucchino, New York Times, "At a Maternity Center Near a War Zone, 20 Births in One Day," 12 Sep. 2019 And there’s a reason: Conference policy forbids ESPN and Fox from scheduling day games on the Arizona campuses in August and September. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Saturday Night Lights: Arizona, ASU carry the load when it comes to Pac-12 night games," 11 Sep. 2019 The department's investigation concluded that Michigan State violated several key parts of the Clery Act along with Title IX, a federal law forbidding discrimination based on gender in education. Fox News, "Michigan State fined $4.5M for failing to respond to Larry Nassar sexual assault complaints," 6 Sep. 2019 In 2018, the city council approved a law forbidding residents to knock down any trees used by nesting parrots. Miguel Conde, National Geographic, "Hundreds of wild parrots are thriving in this Brazilian city," 6 Sep. 2019 The department's investigation concluded that Michigan State violated several key parts of the Clery Act along with Title IX, a federal law forbidding discrimination based on gender in education. CBS News, "Michigan State University fined $4.5 million in Larry Nassar sexual assault case," 5 Sep. 2019 The department's investigation concluded that Michigan State violated several key parts of the Clery Act along with Title IX, a federal law forbidding discrimination based on gender in education. Collin Binkley, chicagotribune.com, "Michigan State fined record $4.5 million for failure to respond to sexual assault complaints against former sports doctor Larry Nassar," 5 Sep. 2019 The department's investigation concluded that Michigan State violated several key parts of the Clery Act along with Title IX, a federal law forbidding discrimination based on gender in education. Collin Binkley, courant.com, "Michigan State University fined $4.5 million in Nassar case," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of forbid

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1606, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for forbid

Verb and Adjective

Middle English forbidden, from Old English forbēodan, from for- + bēodan to bid — more at bid entry 1

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The first known use of forbid was before the 12th century

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forbid

verb

English Language Learners Definition of forbid

: to order (someone) not to do something
formal : to say that (something) is not allowed

forbid

verb
for·​bid | \ fər-ˈbid How to pronounce forbid (audio) \
forbade\ -​ˈbad \; forbidden\ -​ˈbi-​dᵊn \; forbidding

Kids Definition of forbid

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

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