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"forbid" in British English

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forbidverb [T]

uk   /fəˈbɪd/  us   /fɚ-/ (present participle forbidding, past tense forbade or old use forbad, past participle forbidden)
B2 to ​refuse to ​allow something, ​especiallyofficially, or to ​prevent a ​particularplan 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 totell anyone. He is forbidden from leaving the ​country.

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(Definition of forbid from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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forbidverb [T]

 us   /fərˈbɪd, fɔr-/ (present participle forbidding, past tense forbade  /fərˈbæd, fɔr-, -ˈbeɪd/ or forbid, past participle forbidden  /fərˈbɪd·ən, fɔr-/ )
to not ​allow something, or to ​order someone not to do something: You can’t forbid me to go.
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(Definition of forbid from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “forbid”
in Korean 금지하다…
in Arabic يَمْنَع…
in Malaysian melarang…
in French défendre (de)…
in Russian запрещать…
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指官方)禁止,不許,阻止,妨礙…
in Italian proibire, vietare…
in Turkish yasaklamak, men etmek…
in Polish zabraniać, zakazywać…
in Spanish prohibir…
in Vietnamese không cho phép, cấm…
in Portuguese proibir…
in Thai ห้าม…
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…
in Indonesian melarang…
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