forbidden

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

verb

a past participle of forbid.

adjective

not allowed; prohibited: a forbidden food in his religion.
Physics. involving a change in quantum numbers that is not permitted by the selection rules: forbidden transition.

OTHER WORDS FROM forbidden

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH forbidden

forbade forbid forbidden forebode (see synonym study at forbid)

Definition for forbidden (2 of 2)

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: 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

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.

OTHER WORDS FROM forbid

for·bid·der, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH forbid

forbade forbid forbidden forebode (see synonym study at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for forbidden (1 of 2)

forbidden
/ (fəˈbɪdən) /

adjective

not permitted by order or law
physics involving a change in quantum numbers that is not permitted by certain rules derived from quantum mechanics, esp rules for changes in the electrical dipole moment of the system

usage for forbidden

It was formerly considered incorrect to talk of forbidding someone from doing something, but in modern usage either from or to can be used: he was forbidden from entering/to enter the building

British Dictionary definitions for forbidden (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 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 forbidden

forbid

see god forbid.

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