Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

prohibition - definition and synonyms

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun     prohibition pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
  1. 1
    [countable] a law or rule that stops people from doing something
    prohibition on:

    Environmental groups want a total prohibition on the dumping of nuclear waste.

    prohibition against:

    a prohibition against the disclosure of information

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the action of officially preventing something from being done

    the prohibition of discrimination



a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play