for·bid (fər-bĭd, fôr-)
tr.v. for·bade (-băd, -bād) or for·bad (-băd), for·bid·den (-bĭdn) or for·bid, for·bid·ding, for·bids
1. To command (someone) not to do something: I forbid you to go.
2. To command against the doing or use of (something); prohibit: forbid smoking on trains.
3. To have the effect of preventing; preclude: Discretion forbids a reply.
[Middle English forbidden, forbeden, from Old English forbēodan; see bheudh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: forbid, ban1, prohibit, proscribe
These verbs mean to refuse to allow: laws that forbid speeding; banned smoking in restaurants; rules that prohibit loitering; proscribed the importation of certain fruits.
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