Meaning of “prohibit” in the English Dictionary

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"prohibit" in British English

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prohibitverb

uk /prəˈhɪb.ɪt/ us /prəˈhɪb.ɪt/

B2 [ T often passive ] to officially refuse to allow something:

Motor vehicles are prohibited from driving in the town centre.
The government introduced a law prohibiting tobacco advertisements on TV.
Parking is strictly prohibited between these gates.

[ T ] to prevent a particular activity by making it impossible:

The loudness of the music prohibits serious conversation in most nightclubs.

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

"prohibit" in American English

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prohibitverb [ T ]

us /proʊˈhɪb·ət, prə-/

to officially forbid something:

The law prohibits smoking in restaurants.

To prohibit is also to prevent something by making it impossible:

Loud music prohibited serious conversation.

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

"prohibit" in Business English

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prohibitverb

uk /prəʊˈhɪbɪt/ us /prəˈhɪbɪt/

to officially stop something from being done by making rules or laws that do not allow it:

The government introduced a law prohibiting tobacco advertisements on TV.
prohibit sb from doing sth Committee rules prohibit members from buying shares.
Smoking in restaurants is now prohibited by law.

(Definition of “prohibit” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)