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forbid

[ fer-bid, fawr- ]
/ f蓹r藞b瑟d, f蓴r- /
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verb (used with object), for路bade or for路bad or for路bid, for路bid路den or for路bid, for路bid路ding.
to command (a person) not to do something, have something, etc., or not to enter some place: She forbade 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.
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Origin of forbid

First recorded before 1000; Middle English forbeden, Old English forb膿odan. See for-, bid1

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1, 2. 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.

OTHER WORDS FROM forbid

for路bid路der, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH forbid

forbid , forebode
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How to use forbid in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for forbid

forbid
/ (f蓹藞b瑟d) /

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 forms of forbid

forbiddance, nounforbidder, noun

Word Origin for forbid

Old English forb膿odan; related to Old High German farbiotan, Gothic faurbiudan; see for-, bid
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Other Idioms and Phrases with forbid

forbid

see god forbid.

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