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forbid Syllabification: for·bid
Pronunciation: /fərˈbid/

Definition of forbid in English:

verb (forbids, forbidding; past forbade-ˈbad-ˈbād or forbad-ˈbad; past participle forbidden)

[with object]
1Refuse to allow (something): environmental laws forbid alteration of the coast
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  • Until the reign of the iconoclastic Kamehameha II, Hawaiian culture was dominated by a rigid set of kapu, or taboos, sacred laws forbidding things like men and women eating together.
  • The policy, designed to leave families homeless, impoverished and traumatized, is illegal because international law forbids the demolition of houses by an occupying power.
  • They also argued that the FBI violated Russian law, which strictly forbids un-authorized trespass on hard drives.
1.1Order (someone) not to do something: I was forbidden from leaving Russia [with object and infinitive]: my doctor has forbidden me to eat sugar
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  • He is forbidden from participating in future role plays and he was disciplined for being ‘inappropriate’.
  • We are still forbidden from coming anywhere near the house after 6.
  • But that doesn't mean I'm forbidden from ever telling any more stories with any of those characters in ever again, or I hope it doesn't.
1.2Refuse (someone or something) entry to a place or area: all cars are forbidden
1.3(Of a circumstance or quality) make (something) impossible; prevent: the cliffs forbid any easy turning movement
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  • Many of the foreigners were utterly destitute; and their increasing numbers at length forbade a recourse to the usual modes of relief.
  • And, most of all… I hated the circumstances for forbidding it.
  • Its cliffs forbid coastal access, leaving the interior - a tussock-covered plateau - as the only feasible route.


Old English forbēodan (see for-, bid2).


God (or Heaven) forbid

Used to express a fervent wish that something does not happen: [with clause]: God forbid that this should happen to anyone ever again
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  • Because when, Heaven forbid, the country is menaced by security, military, and political dangers or economic collapse, then those people who have capital, bankrolls, companies, children, luxury homes, and houses abroad, flee.
  • The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the EU rather than - Heaven forbid - German, which was the other possibility.
  • If you are not playing as well as you know you can, it could be that a minor (or Heaven forbid, major) fault or two may have crept into your game.

Words that rhyme with forbid

amid, backslid, bid, did, grid, hid, id, kid, Kidd, lid, Madrid, mid, outbid, outdid, quid, rid, skid, slid, squid, underbid, yid

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