forbid

[ fer-bid, fawr- ]
/ fərˈbɪd, fɔr- /

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: 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 forbēodan. See for-, bid1

synonym study for forbid

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·bid·der, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH forbid

forbid , forebode.
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British Dictionary definitions for forbid

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 forms of forbid

forbiddance, 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 forbid

forbid

see god forbid.

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