Definitions for prohibitproʊˈhɪb ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pro•hib•itproʊˈhɪb ɪt(v.t.)

  1. to forbid (an action, activity, etc.) by authority or law.

  2. to forbid the action of (a person).

  3. to prevent; hinder.

Origin of prohibit:

1400–50; < L prohibitus, ptp. of prohibēre to hold before, hold back, hinder, forbid =pro-pro -1+-hibēre, comb. form of habēre to have, hold; see habit1



Princeton's WordNet

  1. forbid, prohibit, interdict, proscribe, veto, disallow, nix(verb)

    command against

    "I forbid you to call me late at night"; "Mother vetoed the trip to the chocolate store"; "Dad nixed our plans"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. prohibit(verb)ʊˈhɪb ɪt

    to officially forbid

    a law that prohibits the spanking of children; Smoking is prohibited in all restaurants.; a prohibition on alcohol


  1. prohibit(Verb)

    To forbid, disallow, or proscribe; to make illegal or illicit.

    The restaurant prohibits smoking on the patio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prohibit(verb)

    to forbid by authority; to interdict; as, God prohibited Adam from eating of the fruit of a certain tree; we prohibit a person from doing a thing, and also the doing of the thing; as, the law prohibits men from stealing, or it prohibits stealing

  2. Prohibit(verb)

    to hinder; to debar; to prevent; to preclude

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prohibit' in Verbs Frequency: #1092

Translations for prohibit

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to forbid

Smoking is prohibited.

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