forbidden

[fer-bid-n, fawr-]

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.

Nearby words

  1. forbes disease,
  2. forbes-robertson,
  3. forbes-robertson, sir johnston,
  4. forbid,
  5. forbiddance,
  6. forbidden band,
  7. forbidden city,
  8. forbidden fruit,
  9. forbidden transition,
  10. forbidding

Related forms
Can be confusedforbade forbid forbidden forebode (see synonym study at forbid)

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

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)

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British Dictionary definitions for forbidden

forbidden

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

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

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 forbidden

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with forbidden

forbid

see god forbid.

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