Translation of forbid in Spanish:

forbid

Pronunciation: /fərˈbɪd; fəˈbɪd/

vt (past forbad(e) past p, forbidden)

  • 1 (not allow) prohibir* taking photographs is strictly forbidden está terminantemente prohibido tomar fotografías to forbid sb to + inf prohibirle* a algn + inf, prohibirle* a algn que + subj I've forbidden them to use the car les he prohibido usar or que usen el coche visitors are forbidden to light fires se prohíbe a los visitantes hacer fuego to forbid sb sth prohibirle* algo a algn
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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.
  • 2 (prevent) impedir* modesty forbids me mentioning it la modestia me impide mencionarlo God/heaven forbid! ¡Dios nos libre! God/heaven forbid that … Dios quiera que no …
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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.

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