Meaning of “forbidden” in the English Dictionary

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"forbidden" in British English

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uk /fəˈbɪd.ən/ us /fɚˈbɪd.ən/

B1 not allowed, especially by law:

Smoking is forbidden in the cinema.

More examples

  • The use of cameras in this museum is strictly forbidden.
  • The sale of alcohol is forbidden here.
  • The athletes are forbidden from using proscribed drugs.
  • Marriage between close relatives is forbidden in most societies.
  • Any form of hunting or fishing within the wildlife reserve is strictly forbidden.


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

"forbidden" in American English

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us /fərˈbɪd·ən, fɔr-/

not permitted, esp. by rule or law:

Automobiles are forbidden on the island.
He was strictly forbidden to talk with them.

(Definition of “forbidden” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)