forbid

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verb (used with object), for·bade or for·bad or for·bid, for·bid·den or for·bid, for·bid·ding.

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

before 1000; Middle English forbeden, Old English forbēodan. See for-, bid1
Related formsfor·bid·der, noun
Can be confusedforbade forbid forbidden forebode (see synonym study at the current entry)

Synonyms for forbid

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.

forbade

[fer-bad, -beyd, fawr-]

verb

a simple past tense of forbid.
Also for·bad [fer-bad, fawr-] /fərˈbæd, fɔr-/, forbid.
Can be confusedforbade forbid forbidden forebode (see synonym study at forbid)
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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

    Anthony Trollope

  • 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

    Fredrika Bremer

  • But Mamma said he must stay in his box; and forbad my sister to allow him to get on the bed.

    Live Toys

    Emma Davenport

  • The General Assembly forbad the archbishop to enter Glasgow.


British Dictionary definitions for forbad

forbade

forbad (fəˈbæd)

verb

the past tense of forbid

forbid

verb -bids, -bidding, -bade, -bad, -bidden or -bid (tr)

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
Derived Formsforbiddance, nounforbidder, noun

Word Origin for forbid

Old English forbēodan; related to Old High German farbiotan, Gothic faurbiudan; see for-, bid
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Word Origin and History for forbad

forbid

v.

Old English forbeodan "forbid, prohibit," from for- "against" + beodan "to command" (see bid). Common Germanic compound (cf. Dutch verbieden, Old High German farbiotan, German verbieten, Old Norse fyrirbjoða, Gothic faurbiudan "to forbid"). Related: Forbade; forbidden.

forbade

past tense of forbid.

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Idioms and Phrases with forbad

forbid

see god forbid.

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