Meaning of “forbid” in the English Dictionary

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"forbid" in British English

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forbidverb [ T ]

uk /fəˈbɪd/ us /fɚˈbɪd/ 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.

More examples

  • I forbid you to marry him!
  • Diplomatic etiquette forbids calling for the death of a national leader.
  • She does a lot of work for charities, but her modesty forbids her from talking about it.
  • City Ordinance 126 forbids car parking in this area of New York.
  • She obtained a restraining order forbidding her partner from seeing their two children.

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

"forbid" in American English

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forbidverb [ T ]

us /fərˈbɪd, fɔr-/ present participle forbidding, past tense forbade /fərˈbæd, fɔr-, -ˈbeɪd/ 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)