Prohibit meaning

prō-hĭb'ĭt
To prohibit is to forbid someone from doing something or to prevent something from being done.

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.

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To refuse to permit; forbid by law or by an order.
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To prevent; preclude.

Modesty prohibits me from saying what happened.

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To forbid by authority.

Smoking is prohibited in most theaters.

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To forbid, disallow, or proscribe; to make illegal or illicit.

The restaurant prohibits smoking on the patio.

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To prevent; hinder.
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Origin of prohibit

  • Middle English prohibiten from Latin prohibēre prohibit- pro- in front pro–1 habēre to hold ghabh- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin prohibeo (“I fend off, prevent, prohibit")
    From Wiktionary