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Meaning of FORBID

Pronunciation:  fur'bid

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  command against; "I forbid you to call me late at night"
  2. [v]  keep from happening or arising; have the effect of preventing; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"

FORBID is a 6 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: disallow, foreclose, forestall, interdict, preclude, prevent, prohibit, proscribe, veto
 Antonyms: allow, countenance, let, permit
 See Also: avert, avoid, baffle, ban, bar, bilk, block, blockade, command, compel, criminalise, criminalize, cross, debar, debar, deflect, embarrass, enjoin, exclude, fend off, foil, frustrate, halt, head off, hinder, illegalise, illegalize, kibosh, make unnecessary, obstruct, obviate, outlaw, queer, require, save, scotch, spoil, stave off, stop, stymie, stymy, thwart, ward off



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \For*bid"\, v. t. [imp. {Forbade}; p. p.
    {Forbidden}({Forbid}, [Obs.]); p. pr. & vb. n. {Forbidding}.]
    [OE. forbeden, AS. forbe['o]dan; pref. for- + be['o]dan to
    bid; akin to D. verbieden, G. verbieten, Icel.,
    fyrirbj[=o][eth]a, forbo[eth]a, Sw. f["o]rbjuda, Dan.
    forbyde. See {Bid}, v. t.]
    1. To command against, or contrary to; to prohibit; to
             More than I have said . . . The leisure and
             enforcement of the time Forbids to dwell upon.
    2. To deny, exclude from, or warn off, by express command; to
       command not to enter.
             Have I not forbid her my house?       --Shak.
    3. To oppose, hinder, or prevent, as if by an effectual
       command; as, an impassable river forbids the approach of
       the army.
             A blaze of glory that forbids the sight. --Dryden.
    4. To accurse; to blast. [Obs.]
             He shall live a man forbid.           --Shak.
    5. To defy; to challenge. [Obs.] --L. Andrews.
    Syn: To prohibit; interdict; hinder; preclude; withold;
         restrain; prevent. See {Prohibit}.
  2. \For*bid"\, v. i.
    To utter a prohibition; to prevent; to hinder. ``I did not or
    forbid.'' --Milton.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: anticipate, avert, ban, bar, block, check, curb, debar, deflect, deny, deter, disallow, discourage, dishearten, embargo, enjoin, estop, exclude, exclude from, fend, fend off, foreclose, forestall, halt, help, hinder, impede, inhibit, interdict, keep from, keep off, obstruct, obviate, outlaw, preclude, prevent, prohibit, proscribe, refuse, reject, repel, repress, restrain, rule out, save, say no to, shut out, stave off, stop, suppress, taboo, turn aside, veto, ward off