prohibit[prō hib′it, prə-]
When you tell someone they are not allowed to enter your home and stop them from doing so, this is an example of a situation where you prohibit the person from entering your house.
- to refuse to permit; forbid by law or by an order
- to prevent; hinder
Origin of prohibitMiddle English prohibeten ; from Classical Latin prohibitus, past participle of prohibere, to prohibit ; from pro-, before (see pro-) + habere, to have (see habit)
transitive verbpro·hib·it·ed, pro·hib·it·ing, pro·hib·its
- To forbid by authority: Smoking is prohibited in most theaters. See Synonyms at forbid.
- To prevent; preclude: Modesty prohibits me from saying what happened.
Origin of prohibitMiddle English prohibiten, from Latin prohibēre, prohibit- : pro-, in front; see pro–1 + habēre, to hold; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present prohibits, present participle prohibiting, simple past and past participle prohibited)
From Latin prohibeo (“I fend off, prevent, prohibit")