forbid

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

Other Words from forbid

Verb

forbidder noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for forbid

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That tempo is not without its risks: In lesser hands, the music could become flat, or, God forbid, boring. Elizabeth Nonemaker, baltimoresun.com, 15 Nov. 2021 Discussions need to be had about how many people break legs, break arms, damage their backs, get concussions or, heaven forbid, die in car crashes while falling asleep at the wheel driving home from a long day of filming? NBC News, 3 Nov. 2021 Maybe polio reappears in Alabama, god forbid, and travel by Alabamians is restricted. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, 3 Nov. 2021 This is particularly true of women who tend to put the priorities of others ahead of their own and can be loathe to ask for help for fear of appearing too needy, too greedy, or God forbid, being an imposition. Dr Margie Warrell, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Four days after the chamber's parliamentarian said Senate rules forbid inclusion of a straight-out minimum wage increase in the relief measure, Democrats seemed to have exhausted their most realistic options for quickly salvaging the pay hike. Alan Fram, ajc, 1 Mar. 2021 Four days after the chamber's parliamentarian said Senate rules forbid inclusion of a straight-out minimum wage increase in the relief measure, Democrats seemed to have exhausted their most realistic options for quickly salvaging the pay hike. Alan Fram, Star Tribune, 1 Mar. 2021 The closures go against state rules that currently forbid moving entire schools to remote learning when COVID cases arise. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Nov. 2021 Unlike co-ops, which were clubby and Wasp-y and disliked any form of advertising — River House famously forbid brokers from using its name in listings — condo buildings would admit anyone who had the money. Kim Velsey, Curbed, 30 Oct. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forbid. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for forbid

forbid

verb

English Language Learners Definition of forbid

: to order (someone) not to do something
: 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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