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forbid

verb [T] uk   /fəˈbɪd/ us    /fɚ-/ ( present participle forbidding, past tense forbade or old use forbad, past participle forbidden)
B2 to refuse to allow something, especially officially, or to prevent a particular plan of action by making it impossible: The law forbids the sale of cigarettes to people under the age of 16. [+ to infinitive] He's obviously really embarrassed about it because he forbade me to tell anyone. He is forbidden from leaving the country.
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in Korean 금지하다…
in Arabic يَمْنَع…
in French défendre (de)…
in Turkish yasaklamak, men etmek…
in Italian proibire, vietare…
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指官方)禁止,不許,阻止,妨礙…
in Russian запрещать…
in Polish zabraniać, zakazywać…
in Spanish prohibir…
in Portuguese proibir…
in German verbieten…
in Catalan prohibir…
in Japanese ~を禁じる…
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指官方)禁止,不许,阻止,妨碍…
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