prohibit

[ proh-hib-it ]
/ proʊˈhɪb ɪt /

verb (used with object)

to forbid (an action, activity, etc.) by authority or law: Smoking is prohibited here.
to forbid the action of (a person).
to prevent; hinder.

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Origin of prohibit

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Latin prohibitus, past participle of prohibēre “to hold before, hold back, hinder, forbid,” equivalent to pro- pro-1 + -hibēre, combining form of habēre “to have, hold”; see habit1

synonym study for prohibit

1. See forbid.

OTHER WORDS FROM prohibit

pro·hib·it·er, pro·hib·i·tor, nounun·pro·hib·it·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for prohibit

prohibit
/ (prəˈhɪbɪt) /

verb (tr)

to forbid by law or other authority
to hinder or prevent

Derived forms of prohibit

prohibiter or prohibitor, noun

Word Origin for prohibit

C15: from Latin prohibēre to prevent, from pro- 1 + habēre to hold
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