- 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
Synonyms for forbid
- a simple past tense of forbid.
Related Words for forbadprevent, censor, freeze, deprive, enjoin, cancel, exclude, restrain, hinder, halt, proscribe, stop, inhibit, disallow, impede, restrict, deny, preclude, oppose, ban
Examples from the Web for forbad
Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin for forbid
past tense of forbid.
see god forbid.