Forbid smoking on trains.
Discretion forbids a reply.
When you order your children not to go to a party, this is an example of a time when you forbid their attendance at the party.
An impassable river forbids the approach of the army.
I forbid you to go.
Origin of forbid
- Middle English forbidden, forbeden from Old English forbēodan bheudh- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English forbeden, from Old English forbēodan (“to forbid, prohibit, restrain, refuse, repeal, annul”), equivalent to for- (“from, away”) + bid (“to offer, proclaim”). Cognate with Dutch verbieden (“to forbid”), German verbieten (“to forbid”), Danish forbyde (“to forbid”), Swedish förbjuda (“to forbid”), Gothic (faurbiudan).