Definition of prohibit in English:

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Pronunciation: /prəˈhibit/
Pronunciation: /prōˈhibit/

verb (prohibits, prohibiting, prohibited)

[with object]
1Formally forbid (something) by law, rule, or other authority: laws prohibiting cruelty to animals
More example sentences
  • There, for example, the Court held that drug laws can prohibit the use of the narcotic peyote in a religious ceremony.
  • Polygynous marriages were not prohibited by colonial law.
  • Only business communications are covered unless the policy specifically prohibits private use of e-mail and the internet.
forbid, ban, bar, interdict, proscribe, make illegal, embargo, outlaw, disallow, veto;
Law  enjoin
illegal, illicit, taboo, against the law, verboten
informal out, no go
formal non licet
1.1 (prohibit someone/something from doing something) Formally forbid a person or group from doing something: he is prohibited from being a director
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  • As a public university, we are prohibited from spending state funds on partisan political activity or direct political advocacy.
  • He was immediately prohibited from engaging in strenuous activity.
  • He is prohibited from operating firearms for 10 years and must get counselling at the discretion of his probation officer.
1.2(Of a fact or situation) prevent (something); make impossible: the budget agreement had prohibited any tax cuts
More example sentences
  • Nurses may be presented with exceptional or life-threatening situations prohibiting the use of assistive patient handling equipment.
  • The efficiency audit said there were too many vested local interests on health boards, which prevent change and prohibit the delivery of a value-for-money service.
  • A low fluid level switch is provided to prohibit operation and prevent potential burnout if solution falls below a pre-set level.
prevent, stop, rule out, preclude, make impossible





Pronunciation: /-ər/
Example sentences
  • And it is cost that seems to be the biggest prohibitor to businesses in Scotland embracing any new technology, never mind broadband.


Pronunciation: /prəˈhibiˌtôrē/ Pronunciation: /prōˈhēbiˌtôrē/
Example sentences
  • They might not bring in totally restrictive and prohibitory provisions because they know the Minister will not approve them anyway.
  • Without strong prohibitory measures, this diabolic spirit disseminated by television channels cannot be done away with.
  • Nearly 206 years ago, the British regime issued the first prohibitory orders against shooting birds.


Late Middle English: from Latin prohibit- 'kept in check', from the verb prohibere, from pro- 'in front' + habere 'to hold'.

Words that rhyme with prohibit

adhibit, exhibit, gibbet, inhibit

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Syllabification: pro·hib·it

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