forbid - definition and synonyms

 
 
verb [transitive] 

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/fə(r)ˈbɪd/
present tense
I/you/we/theyforbid
he/she/itforbids
present participleforbidding
past tenseforbade or forbad
past participleforbidden
  1. 1
    to state that something is not allowed, according to a rule, law, or custom
    forbid someone to do something/from doing something:

    Army policy forbids soldiers in uniform from talking to the news media.

    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.

  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.