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UK [fə(r)ˈbɪd] / US [fərˈbɪd] verb [transitive]
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 custom

new regulations forbidding the sale of landmines

forbid someone to do something/from doing something:

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 something

You're not going out tonight – I absolutely forbid it.

forbid someone to do something/from doing something:

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 forbidspoken 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.