forbid

[fer-bid, fawr-]

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.
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Examples from the Web for forbid

Contemporary Examples of forbid

Historical Examples of forbid

  • How often, Clary, must I forbid your unsisterly reflections?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • I suppose you will write to the oddities, since you are forbid to see them.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Will he deny me the visits of my dearest friend, and forbid me to correspond with her?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • For they were in hopes of prevailing upon my father to forbid his visits.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • I forbid you, on pain of death, to make any more attempts to get the Golden Fleece.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne


British Dictionary definitions for 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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with forbid

forbid

see god forbid.

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