- 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 forbidspoken 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.▬▬▬▬▬▬▬HINT sense 1It 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.▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.