Definition of forbid
(Entry 1 of 2)
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.
Definition of forbid (Entry 2 of 2)
: accursed he shall live a man forbid— William Shakespeare
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