Forbid definition

fər-bĭd, fôr-
To command against the doing or use of (something); prohibit.

Forbid smoking on trains.

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To have the effect of preventing; preclude.

Discretion forbids a reply.

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To make impossible; prevent.
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To forbid is defined as to order that something not occur, or to prevent something from occurring.

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.

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To rule against; not permit; prohibit.
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To command to stay away from; exclude or bar from.
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To oppose, hinder, or prevent, as if by an effectual command.

An impassable river forbids the approach of the army.

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To command (someone) not to do something.

I forbid you to go.

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Smoking in the restaurant is forbidden.

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To deny, exclude from, or warn off, by express command.
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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).

    From Wiktionary