forbid Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “forbid” in the English Dictionary

"forbid" in British English

See all translations

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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

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

"forbid" in American English

See all translations

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.
Idioms
(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…
What is the pronunciation of forbid?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
by ,
May 04, 2016
by Kate Woodford We can’t always focus on the positive! This week, we’re looking at the language that is used to refer to arguing and arguments, and the differences in meaning between the various words and phrases. There are several words that suggest that people are arguing about something that is not important. (As you might

Read More 

Word of the Day

droid

a robot (= a machine controlled by computer) that is made to look like a human

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More