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Definition of "forbid" []

  • To command (someone) not to do something: I forbid you to go. (verb-transitive)
  • To command against the doing or use of (something); prohibit: forbid smoking on trains. (verb-transitive)
  • To have the effect of preventing; preclude: Discretion forbids a reply. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "forbid" in a sentence
  • "I. iii.21 (405,9) He shall live a man forbid] Mr. Theobald has very justly explained _forbid_ by _accursed_, but without giving any reason of his interpretation."
  • "What federal law does forbid is racism which pretends to be something else, such as a hiring test designed to disadvantage minority applicants or a screening process that “coincidentally” preferences applicants from predominantly white schools or communities."
  • "Don't forget all the garbage they will dig up on Hillary if she, heaven forbid, is the nominee in the fall."