What does forbid mean?

Definitions for forbid
fərˈbɪd, fɔr-for·bid

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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"

  2. prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbid(verb)

    keep from happening or arising; make impossible

    "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"

Wiktionary

  1. forbid(Verb)

    To disallow

    Etymology: From forbeden, from forbeodan, equivalent to . Cognate with verbieden, verbieten, förbjuda.

  2. forbid(Verb)

    To proscribe

    Etymology: From forbeden, from forbeodan, equivalent to . Cognate with verbieden, verbieten, förbjuda.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Forbid

    of Forbid

  2. Forbid(verb)

    to command against, or contrary to; to prohibit; to interdict

  3. Forbid(verb)

    to deny, exclude from, or warn off, by express command; to command not to enter

  4. Forbid(verb)

    to oppose, hinder, or prevent, as if by an effectual command; as, an impassable river forbids the approach of the army

  5. Forbid(verb)

    to accurse; to blast

  6. Forbid(verb)

    to defy; to challenge

  7. Forbid(verb)

    to utter a prohibition; to prevent; to hinder

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Forbid

    for-bid′, v.t. to prohibit: to command not to do: (Shak.) to restrain.—n. Forbid′dance, prohibition: command or edict against a thing.—adj. Forbid′den, prohibited: unlawful.—adv. Forbid′denly (Shak.), in a forbidden or unlawful manner.—adj. Forbid′ding, repulsive: raising dislike: unpleasant.—adv. Forbid′dingly.—n. Forbid′dingness.—Forbidden, or Prohibited, degrees, degrees of consanguinity within which marriage is not allowed; Forbidden fruit, or Adam's apple, a name fancifully given to the fruit of various species of Citrus, esp. to one having tooth-marks on its rind. [A.S. forbéodan, pa.t. forbéad, pa.p. forboden. See pfx. for-, and bid; cf. Ger. verbieten.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'forbid' in Verbs Frequency: #932

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of forbid in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of forbid in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of forbid in a Sentence

  1. John Boehner:

    Imagine if, God forbid, another terrorist attack hits the United States.

  2. Benjamin Risha:

    He was made to smack his mother, he had to do it three times before the smacks were loud enough for Tony Alamo to approve of them … His control was absolute. No one told him no. It was pretty horrible. Something as simple as falling asleep in church could get you in trouble, even though it was the third time you ’d been at church that day, and you had already worked and gone to school and prayed for several hours. We would be nodding off. But if someone went to sleep ? God forbid you got caught. It was pretty bad … I wanted to know what life was like beyond this.

  3. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal:

    He'll implode in the general election or if, God forbid, if he were in the White House, we have no idea what he would do.

  4. President Obama:

    Heaven forbid we've got a problem where we could have prevented a terrorist attack or apprehended someone who is engaged in dangerous activity, but we didn't do so simply because of inaction in the Senate.

  5. Ashok Gulati:

    It is unlikely that India will have another drought next year; three years in a row has never happened before, but with extreme events increasing due to climate change, you never know. If we don't wake up now then, God forbid, people will leave farming to become labourers at railways stations.

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