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English definition of “forbid”

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 quite embarrassed about it because he forbade me to tell anyone. He is forbidden from leaving the country.
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