Definition of forbid verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//fəˈbɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fərˈbɪd//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they forbid
    BrE BrE//fəˈbɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fərˈbɪd//
    he / she / it forbids
    BrE BrE//fəˈbɪdz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fərˈbɪdz//
    past simple forbade
    BrE BrE//fəˈbæd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fərˈbæd//
    ; BrE BrE//fəˈbeɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fərˈbeɪd//
    past participle forbidden
    BrE BrE//fəˈbɪdn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fərˈbɪdn//
    -ing form forbidding
    BrE BrE//fəˈbɪdɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fərˈbɪdɪŋ//
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  1. 1to order somebody not to do something; to order that something must not be done forbid somebody (from doing something) He forbade them from mentioning the subject again. forbid something Her father forbade the marriage. Smoking is strictly forbidden. You cannot do that. I absolutely forbid it. forbid somebody to do something You are all forbidden to leave. forbid somebody something My doctor has forbidden me sugar. forbid (somebody) doing something She knew her mother would forbid her going. Express YourselfForbidding somebody to do somethingWhen speaking to somebody, we usually use indirect language to ask them not to do something: I'm sorry, smoking isn't allowed./You're not allowed to smoke here. Would you mind not talking during the music? Could I ask you not to use your phone here, please? I'm afraid I have to ask you not to take pictures here. opposite allow, permit
  2. 2forbid something | forbid somebody to do something (formal) to make it difficult or impossible to do something synonym prohibit Lack of space forbids further treatment of the topic here.
  3. Word OriginOld English forbēodan (from for- and bid2).Idioms
    God/Heaven forbid (that…)
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    (informal) used to say that you hope that something will not happen ‘Maybe you'll end up as a lawyer, like me.’ ‘God forbid!’ Some people find this use offensive.
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