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forbid
American English: /fərˈbɪd/
British English: /fəˈbɪd/

Translation of forbid in Spanish:

transitive verb past tense forbad(e) past participle forbidden

  • 1 (not allow) taking photographs is strictly forbidden
    está terminantemente prohibido tomar fotografías
    to forbid somebody to + infinitive
    prohibirle a alguien + infinitive
    prohibirle a alguien que + subjunctive
    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 somebody something
    prohibirle algo a alguien
    Example sentences
    • 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) modesty forbids me mentioning it
    la modestia me impide mencionarlo
    God/heaven forbid! God/heaven forbid that …
    Dios quiera que no …
    Example sentences
    • 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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