Forbid

  • 1 forbid — 1. The past tense is forbade, although forbad is occasionally used and cannot be said to be wrong. The pronunciation of forbade is fǝ bayd or (as if it were forbad) fǝ bad. 2. Forbid can be followed by a noun (often a verbal noun): Cars are… …

    Modern English usage

  • 2 forbid — forbid, prohibit, enjoin, interdict, inhibit, ban are comparable when meaning to debar a person from using, doing, or entering or to order something not be used, done, or entered. Forbid is the more direct and familiar, prohibit, the more formal… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 Forbid — For*bid (f[o^]r*b[i^]d ), v. t. [imp. {Forbade} (f[o^]r*b[a^]d ); p. p. {Forbidden} (f[o^]r*b[i^]d d n) ({Forbid}, [Obs.]); p. pr. & vb. n. {Forbidding} (f[o^]r*b[i^]d d[i^]ng).] [OE. forbeden, AS. forbe[ o]dan; pref. for + be[ o]dan to bid; akin …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Forbid — For*bid (f[o^]r*b[i^]d ), v. t. [imp. {Forbade} (f[o^]r*b[a^]d ); p. p. {Forbidden} (f[o^]r*b[i^]d d n) ({Forbid}, [Obs.]); p. pr. & vb. n. {Forbidding} (f[o^]r*b[i^]d d[i^]ng).] [OE. forbeden, AS. forbe[ o]dan; pref. for + be[ o]dan to bid; akin …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 forbid — [fər bid′, fôrbid′] vt. forbade or forbad, forbidden or Archaic forbid, forbidding [ME forbeden < OE forbeodan: see FOR & BID1] 1. to rule against; not permit; prohibit 2. to command to stay away from; exclude or bar from …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 forbid — (v.) O.E. forbeodan forbid, prohibit, from FOR (Cf. for ) against + beodan to command (see BID (Cf. bid)). Common Germanic compound (Cf. Du. verbieden, O.H.G. farbiotan, Ger. verbieten, O.N. fyrirbjoða, Goth …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 forbid — ► VERB (forbidding; past forbade or forbad; past part. forbidden) 1) refuse to allow. 2) order not to do. ● the forbidden degrees Cf. ↑the forbidden degrees …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 Forbid — For*bid , v. i. To utter a prohibition; to prevent; to hinder. I did not or forbid. Milton. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 9 forbid — I verb ban, bar, block, check, command not to do, debar, declare illegal, deny, deny permission, deprive, deter, disallow, disapprove, discountenance, discourage, enjoin, exclude, forfend, hinder, impede, inhibit, interdicere, interdict, make… …

    Law dictionary

  • 10 forbid — [v] outlaw, prohibit an action ban, block, cancel, censor, check, debar, declare illegal, deny, deprive, disallow, embargo, enjoin, exclude, forestall, forfend, freeze*, halt, hinder, hold up, impede, inhibit, interdict, lock up, nix*, obstruct,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 11 forbid — forbidder, n. /feuhr bid , fawr /, v.t., forbade or forbad or forbid, forbidden or forbid, forbidding. 1. to command (a person) not to do something, have something, etc., or not to enter some place: to forbid him entry to the house …

    Universalium

  • 12 forbid */*/ — 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 …

    English dictionary

  • 13 forbid — for|bid [fəˈbıd US fər ] v past tense forbade [ ˈbæd, ˈbeıd] past participle forbidden [ ˈbıdn] present participle forbidding [T] [: Old English; Origin: forbeodan] 1.) to tell someone that they are not allowed to do something, or that something… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 forbid — for|bid [ fər bıd ] (past tense for|bade [ fər beıd ] or for|bad [ fər bæd ] ; past participle for|bid|den [ fər bıdn ] ) verb transitive ** 1. ) to state that something is not allowed, according to a rule, law, or custom: PROHIBIT: new… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 forbid — [[t]fə(r)bɪ̱d[/t]] forbids, forbidding, forbade, forbidden 1) VERB If you forbid someone to do something, or if you forbid an activity, you order that it must not be done. [V n to inf] They ll forbid you to marry... [ …

    English dictionary

  • 16 forbid — v. (formal) 1) to forbid categorically, expressly, outright 2) (H) she has forbidden him to smoke in her presence; I forbid you to take the car * * * [fə bɪd] expressly outright (H) she has forbidden him to smoke in her presence (formal) to… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 17 forbid — I. transitive verb (forbade; also forbad; forbidden; bidding) Etymology: Middle English forbidden, from Old English forbēodan, from for + bēodan to bid more at bid Date: before 12th century 1. to proscribe from or as if from the position of one… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 forbid — verb ADVERB ▪ strictly ▪ Smoking is strictly forbidden. ▪ absolutely, totally ▪ You cannot do that. I absolutely forbid it. ▪ explicitly …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 19 forbid — [OE] Forbid is a compound verb that appears to have been coined in prehistoric Germanic times from the prefix *fer , denoting negation or exclusion (as in forget) and *bithjan, source of English bid – hence, ‘command not to do something’. It… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 20 forbid — 01. The law [forbids] you from drinking and driving. 02. I [forbid] you to see that boy again! 03. Japan s Constitution [forbids] the creation of an army. 04. The Muslim religion [forbids] any depictions of God. 05. It is [ …

    Grammatical examples in English