- to command (a person) not to do something, have something, etc., or not to enter some place: to forbid him entry to the house.
- to prohibit (something); make a rule or law against: to forbid the use of lipstick; to forbid smoking.
- to hinder or prevent; make impossible.
- to exclude; bar: Burlesque is forbidden in many cities.
Origin of forbid
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
1, 2. interdict. Forbid, inhibit, prohibit, taboo indicate a command to refrain from some action. Forbid, a common and familiar word, usually denotes a direct or personal command of this sort: I forbid you to go. It was useless to forbid children to play in the park. Inhibit implies a checking or hindering of impulses by the mind, sometimes involuntarily: to inhibit one's desires; His responsiveness was inhibited by extreme shyness. Prohibit, a formal or legal word, means usually to forbid by official edict, enactment, or the like: to prohibit the sale of liquor. Taboo, primarily associated with primitive superstition, means to prohibit by common disapproval and by social custom: to taboo a subject in polite conversation. 3. preclude, stop, obviate, deter.
[fer-bad, -beyd, fawr-]
- a simple past tense of forbid.
Also for·bad [fer-bad, fawr-] /fərˈbæd, fɔr-/, forbid.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for forbad
This was the feeling which forbad him to retreat from his suicidal purpose.Kept in the Dark
But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?Jesus the Christ
James Edward Talmage
Was this an assenting answer, or was it the hand of death which forbad an answer?Strife and Peace
But Mamma said he must stay in his box; and forbad my sister to allow him to get on the bed.Live Toys
The General Assembly forbad the archbishop to enter Glasgow.History of Civilization in England, Vol. 3 of 3
Henry Thomas Buckle
- the past tense of forbid
- to prohibit (a person) in a forceful or authoritative manner (from doing something or having something)
- to make impossible; hinder
- to shut out or exclude
- God forbid! may it not happen
Old English forbēodan; related to Old High German farbiotan, Gothic faurbiudan; see for-, bid
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for forbad
past tense of forbid.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with forbad
see god forbid.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.