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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An Ohio law known as the Community Defense Act prohibits anyone who isn’t a family member to touch a nude or semi-nude dancer. Washington Post, "Lawyer: Stormy Daniels arrested at Ohio strip club," 12 July 2018 Coincidentally, CenturyLink's blocking of customer Internet access occurred days before the one-year anniversary of the Federal Communications Commission repeal of net neutrality rules, which prohibited blocking and throttling of Internet access. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "CenturyLink blocked its customers’ Internet access in order to show an ad," 17 Dec. 2018 The ordinance in question, approved sometime in the 1920s, is Chapter 2, Section 13 of the original town charter, which prohibited the throwing of projectiles. Emily S. Rueb, The Seattle Times, "9-year-old boy helps repeal snowball-throwing ban in Colorado town," 5 Dec. 2018 Earlier this month, California state legislature passed the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, which prohibits the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals, beginning in 2020. Ana Colón, Glamour, "Los Angeles Might Become the Largest U.S. City to Ban the Sale of Fur," 19 Sep. 2018 Twitter said Jones had posted new messages within the past 24 hours that violated its policies, which prohibit direct threats of violence and some forms of hate speech but allow deception or misinformation. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Why Twitter finally banned Alex Jones and Infowars," 7 Sep. 2018 The Justice Department said Sommers violated the Lacey Act, which prohibits the sale of wildlife that have been taken illegally. CBS News, "Feds indict man for allegedly trafficking thousands of turtles," 10 July 2018 In 2008, the United States passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act which prohibits discrimination in employment and health insurance coverage based on genetic information. Philly.com, "Can teenage girls get breast masses?," 9 July 2018 However, there's no official royal protocol that prohibits royals from showing PDA. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Candidly Hold Hands at Kensington Palace," 6 Mar. 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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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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