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forbid

[ fer-bid, fawr- ]
/ fərˈbɪd, fɔr- /
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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.

RELATED WORDS

prevent, censor, freeze, deprive, enjoin, cancel, exclude, restrain, hinder, halt, proscribe, stop, inhibit, disallow, impede, restrict, deny, preclude, oppose, ban

Nearby words

forbearing, forbes, forbes disease, forbes-robertson, forbes-robertson, sir johnston, forbid, forbiddance, forbidden, forbidden band, forbidden city, forbidden fruit

Origin of forbid

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

Definition for forbad (2 of 2)

forbade

[ fer-bad, -beyd, fawr- ]
/ fərˈbæd, -ˈbeɪd, fɔr- /

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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British Dictionary definitions for forbad (1 of 2)

forbade

forbad (fəˈbæd)

/ (fəˈbæd, -ˈbeɪd) /

verb

the past tense of forbid

British Dictionary definitions for forbad (2 of 2)

forbid

/ (fəˈbɪd) /

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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Idioms and Phrases with forbad

forbid


see god forbid.

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