forbid


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 is not allowed
≠ ↑permit forbid sb to do sth
He was forbidden to leave the house, as a punishment.
forbid sb from doing sth
Women are forbidden from going out without a veil.
strictly/expressly/explicitly etc forbid
The law strictly forbids racial or sexual discrimination.
2.) God/Heaven forbid
spoken used to emphasize that you hope that something will not happen
'Supposing I had an accident.' 'God forbid!'
3.) formal to make it impossible for someone to do something
= ↑prevent
Lack of space forbids listing the names of all those who contributed.
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HINT sense 1
It is more usual to say that someone is not allowed to do something, rather than forbidden to do it: I'm not allowed to stay out after midnight.
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Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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