Definitions for: Forbid

[v] command against; "I forbid you to call me late at night"
[v] keep from happening or arising; have the effect of preventing; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"

Webster (1913) Definition: For*bid", v. t. [imp. Forbade; p. p.
Forbidden(Forbid, [Obs.]); p. pr. & vb. n. Forbidding.]
[OE. forbeden, AS. forbe['o]dan; pref. for- + be['o]dan to
bid; akin to D. verbieden, G. verbieten, Icel.,
fyrirbj[=o][eth]a, forbo[eth]a, Sw. f["o]rbjuda, Dan.
forbyde. See Bid, v. t.]
1. To command against, or contrary to; to prohibit; to

More than I have said . . . The leisure and
enforcement of the time Forbids to dwell upon.

2. To deny, exclude from, or warn off, by express command; to
command not to enter.

Have I not forbid her my house? --Shak.

3. To oppose, hinder, or prevent, as if by an effectual
command; as, an impassable river forbids the approach of
the army.

A blaze of glory that forbids the sight. --Dryden.

4. To accurse; to blast. [Obs.]

He shall live a man forbid. --Shak.

5. To defy; to challenge. [Obs.] --L. Andrews.

Syn: To prohibit; interdict; hinder; preclude; withold;
restrain; prevent. See Prohibit.

For*bid", v. i.
To utter a prohibition; to prevent; to hinder. ``I did not or
forbid.'' --Milton.

Synonyms: disallow, foreclose, forestall, interdict, preclude, prevent, prohibit, proscribe, veto

Antonyms: allow, countenance, let, permit

See Also: avert, avoid, baffle, ban, bar, bilk, block, blockade, command, compel, criminalise, criminalize, cross, debar, debar, deflect, embarrass, enjoin, exclude, fend off, foil, frustrate, halt, head off, hinder, illegalise, illegalize, kibosh, make unnecessary, obstruct, obviate, outlaw, queer, require, save, scotch, spoil, stave off, stop, stymie, stymy, thwart, ward off

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