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verb [transitive] forbid pronunciation in American English /fərˈbɪd/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleforbidding
past tenseforbid or forbad
past participleforbidden

Related meanings

  1. 1
    to state that something is not allowed, according to a rule, law, or custom

    new regulations forbidding the sale of landmines

    forbid someone to do something/from doing something:

    Army policy forbids soldiers in uniform from talking to reporters.

    International law forbids outsiders to interfere in civil wars.

    1. a.
      to tell someone that they must not do something

      You’re not going out tonight – I absolutely forbid it.

      forbid someone to do something/from doing something:

      The situation is so dangerous that the relief agencies have forbidden their workers to go there.

      Company directors were forbidden to comment on the crisis.



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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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