prohibit

verb
pro·​hib·​it | \ prō-ˈhi-bət How to pronounce prohibit (audio) , prə-\
prohibited; prohibiting; prohibits

Definition of prohibit

transitive verb

1 : to forbid by authority : enjoin
2a : to prevent from doing something
b : preclude

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Synonyms & Antonyms for prohibit

Synonyms

ban, bar, enjoin, forbid, interdict, outlaw, proscribe

Antonyms

allow, let, permit, suffer

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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 prohibit in a Sentence

The rules prohibit dating a coworker. The prison's electric fence prohibits escape.

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While some residents are excited that Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1631, which prohibits the use of red light cameras in Texas, many Humble officials argue the measure could hinder public safety. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Humble officials wary of removing red-light cams after new state law," 5 June 2019 The law, which would prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, is set to take effect in January 2020. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "AMC threatens to pull "The Walking Dead" out of Georgia," 3 June 2019 One of them, which prohibits doctors using certain instruments in a common second-trimester procedure, is on hold awaiting court rulings. Dave Kolpack, chicagotribune.com, "Clinic director: May sue over North Dakota abortion law," 3 June 2019 After all that work, you are still prohibited from actually living in the tiny home during the 1 year rental period. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Want A Tiny Home For Free? This Company Pays You To Airbnb," 21 Dec. 2018 Fourteen states allow patients to possess CBD with little-to-no THC, but prohibit all other forms of cannabis. Amber Senter, Marie Claire, "We Have to Acknowledge That CBD Use Is a Privilege," 11 Apr. 2019 The company has tightly controlled information about the project by contractually prohibiting passengers from discussing the experience. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "We finally talked to an actual Waymo passenger—here’s what he told us," 13 Dec. 2018 The state began prohibiting salons from using any dyes for lash and brow tinting in January 2001. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Are Eyelash- and Eyebrow-Tinting Services Safe? Here's Why Some Experts Are Warning Against It," 27 Aug. 2018 As Task & Purpose points out, U.S. Military aircraft at the time were prohibited from flying with 500 feet of the ground. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Sixty Years Ago, a Pilot Flew a B-47 Nuclear Bomber Under Michigan's Mackinac Bridge," 30 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of prohibit

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prohibit

Middle English, from Latin prohibitus, past participle of prohibēre to keep off, from pro- forward + habēre to hold — more at pro-, give

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The first known use of prohibit was in the 15th century

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More Definitions for prohibit

prohibit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of prohibit

: to order (someone) not to use or do something
: to say that (something) is not allowed
: to make (something) impossible to do

prohibit

verb
pro·​hib·​it | \ prō-ˈhi-bət How to pronounce prohibit (audio) \
prohibited; prohibiting

Kids Definition of prohibit

1 : to forbid by authority Parking is prohibited.
2 : to make impossible The high walls prohibit escape.

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