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verb [transitive] forbid pronunciation in British English /fə(r)ˈbɪd/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleforbidding
past tenseforbade or forbad
past participleforbidden

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  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 the news media.
    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.
  2. 2
    formal to make something impossible, or to prevent something from happening
    Hannah is a natural musician, although modesty forbids her to say so.



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