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- UK [fə(r)ˈbɪd] / US [fərˈbɪd]
Word forms "forbid":
present tense I/you/we/they forbid he/she/it forbids present participle forbidding past tense forbade UK [fə(r)ˈbeɪd] / US [fərˈbeɪd] or forbad UK [fə(r)ˈbæd] / US [fərˈbæd] past participle forbidden UK [fə(r)ˈbɪd(ə)n] / US [fərˈbɪd(ə)n]1)a) to state that something is not allowed, according to a rule, law, or customforbid someone to do something/from doing something:
new regulations forbidding the sale of landmines
Army policy forbids soldiers in uniform from talking to the news media.
International law forbids outsiders to interfere in civil wars.b) to tell someone that they must not do somethingforbid someone to do something/from doing something:
You're not going out tonight – I absolutely forbid it.
The situation is so dangerous that the relief agencies have forbidden their workers to go there.
Company directors were forbidden to comment on the crisis.2) formal to make something impossible, or to prevent something from happening
Hannah is a natural musician, although modesty forbids her to say so.•
God/Heaven forbid— spoken used for emphasizing that you hope something will not happen
What would we do if, God forbid, that happened to one of our kids.
English dictionary. 2014.