Forbid - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |fərˈbɪd|  American pronunciation of the word forbid
Brit.  |fəˈbɪd|  British pronunciation of the word forbid
irregular verb:  p.t. — forbade or forbad  p.p. — forbidden

verb

- command against(syn: disallow, interdict, nix, prohibit, proscribe, veto)

I forbid you to call me late at night

- keep from happening or arising; make impossible(syn: foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent)

My sense of tact forbids an honest answer

Examples

I forbid you to go!

She was forbidden by her parents to marry him.

She was forbidden from marrying him.

The museum forbids flash photography.

The company's rules forbid dating among employees.

Time forbids to do it.

I am forbidden tobacco.

They were strictly forbidden to engage in any business.

He was forbidden to leave the house, as a punishment.

Women are forbidden from going out without a veil.

The law strictly forbids racial or sexual discrimination.

Lack of space forbids listing the names of all those who contributed.

God forbid!

I forbid you to call me late at night

My sense of tact forbids an honest answer

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: forbid
he/she/it: forbids
present participle: forbidding
past tense: forbade or forbad
past participle: forbidden
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