What does prohibit mean?

Definitions for prohibit
proʊˈhɪb ɪtpro·hib·it

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. forbid, prohibit, interdict, proscribe, veto, disallow, nixverb

    command against

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


  1. prohibitverb

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

    The restaurant prohibits smoking on the patio.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To PROHIBITverb

    Etymology: prohibeo, Lat. prohiber, Fr.

    She would not let them know of his close lying in that prohibited place, because they would be offended. Philip Sidney.

    The weightiest, which it did command them, are to us in the gospel prohibited. Richard Hooker, b. iv. s. 11.

    Gates of burning adamant
    Bar’d over us, prohibit all egress. John Milton.


  1. prohibit

    To prohibit means to formally forbid or prevent something by law, rule, or other authoritative regulation. It involves banning, disallowing, or making something illegal or against the rules.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prohibitverb

    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. Prohibitverb

    to hinder; to debar; to prevent; to preclude

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prohibit

    prō-hib′it, v.t. to hinder: to check or repress: to prevent: to forbid: to interdict by authority.—ns. Prohib′iter; Prohibi′tion, the act of prohibiting, forbidding, or interdicting: an interdict: the forbidding by law of the manufacture and sale of alcoholic drinks; Prohib′itionism; Prohibi′tionist, one who favours prohibitory duties in commerce: one who advocates the forbidding by law of the manufacture and sale of alcoholic drinks.—adj. Prohib′itive.—adv. Prohib′itively.—adj. Prohib′itory, that prohibits or forbids: forbidding.—Prohibited degrees (see Forbidden degrees, under Degree).—Writ of prohibition (law), a writ from a superior tribunal staying proceedings in a lower court: (Scots law) a clause in a deed of entail forbidding the heir to sell the estate, contract debt, &c. [L. prohibēre, prohibitumpro, before, habēre, to have.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prohibit in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prohibit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of prohibit in a Sentence

  1. Chris Shepherd:

    I'm so honored that Dave chose Southern Smoke as his charity, now, more than ever, with indoor dining shut down in many parts of the country and temperatures dropping to prohibit outdoor dining, food and beverage industry employees are desperate.

  2. George Callas:

    You could not do a straight up, un-off set three-year corporate rate cut through reconciliation, the rules prohibit it. You might be able to do two years. A two-year corporate rate cut ... I will say would have virtually no growth effect.

  3. Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr:

    The Special Counsel's Office has undertaken stringent controls to prohibit unauthorized disclosures and will deal severely with any member who engages in this conduct.

  4. Facebook Inc:

    We already prohibit ads for weapons, ammunition and weapon enhancements like silencers. But we will now also prohibit ads for accessories.

  5. Teaching Assistant Abbate:

    It is astounding to me that the university has not created some sort of policy that would prohibit this behavior which undoubtedly leads to a toxic environment for both students and faculty.

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    To cause to become
    • A. render
    • B. abduct
    • C. embellish
    • D. affront

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