prohibit

verb
pro·​hib·​it | \ prō-ˈhi-bət , 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.

Recent Examples on the Web

There are no international agreements that prohibit the country from developing its own space rockets. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Iranian Satellite Launch, Seen by Some as Cover for Missile Research, Fails," 15 Jan. 2019 But hemp production and sales have historically been banned under federal drug laws that also prohibit marijuana. German Lopez, Vox, "Trump and Congress just legalized hemp," 20 Dec. 2018 Still, Williams' outfit didn't sit well with everyone: A few months later, Bernard Giudicelli, the president of the French Tennis Association announced a new dress code that would prohibit catsuits like Williams' from appearing on the court in 2019. Ana Colón, Glamour, "Women’s Tennis Association Revises Rules for 2019—and Allows Serena Williams to Wear Her Catsuit," 13 Dec. 2018 That means all of the progress touted by USTelecom happened while ISPs faced common carriage regulation including net neutrality rules that prohibited blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "AT&T/Verizon lobby misunderstands arrow of time, makes impossible claim," 6 Dec. 2018 In 2011, the agency issued a consent decree that prohibits the company from deceiving users on their privacy. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "Facebook fends off new anti-monopoly questions after UK email release," 5 Dec. 2018 California’s Legislature is also considering a bill that will prohibit restaurants statewide from handing out plastic straws like candy. Caille Millner, SFChronicle.com, "A splash of cold water on straw-ban fervor: Many people with disabilities need them," 13 July 2018 The commission also cited the Americans with Disabilities Act, a law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Hannah Holzer And Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "EEOC alleges Dignity Health violated disabilities act in firing worker with vision loss," 11 July 2018 And on Monday night, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles refused the Trump administration’s request to walk back a 1997 agreement that prohibits children from being detained in immigration custody for more than 20 days. Kristina Davis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Trump administration says detained parents must decide whether to keep families intact," 10 July 2018

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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 \
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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