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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fer-bid, fawr-]
    • /fərˈbɪd, fɔr-/
    • /fəˈbɪd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fer-bid, fawr-]
    • /fərˈbɪd, fɔr-/

Definitions of forbid word

  • verb with object forbid to command (a person) not to do something, have something, etc., or not to enter some place: to forbid him entry to the house. 1
  • verb with object forbid to prohibit (something); make a rule or law against: to forbid the use of lipstick; to forbid smoking. 1
  • verb with object forbid to hinder or prevent; make impossible. 1
  • verb with object forbid to exclude; bar: Burlesque is forbidden in many cities. 1
  • noun forbid Refuse to allow (something). 1
  • verbal expression forbid command against 1

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Origin of forbid

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; Middle English forbeden, Old English forbēodan. See for-, bid1

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Parts of speech for Forbid


forbid popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 86% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for forbid

verb forbid

  • prevent — to keep from occurring; avert; hinder: He intervened to prevent bloodshed.
  • rule out — a principle or regulation governing conduct, action, procedure, arrangement, etc.: the rules of chess.
  • censor — If someone in authority censors letters or the media, they officially examine them and cut out any information that is regarded as secret.
  • freeze — to become hardened into ice or into a solid body; change from the liquid to the solid state by loss of heat.
  • deprive — If you deprive someone of something that they want or need, you take it away from them, or you prevent them from having it.

Antonyms for forbid

verb forbid

  • aid — Aid is money, equipment, or services that are provided for people, countries, or organizations who need them but cannot provide them for themselves.
  • assist — If you assist someone, you help them to do a job or task by doing part of the work for them.
  • include — to contain, as a whole does parts or any part or element: The package includes the computer, program, disks, and a manual.
  • permit — to allow to do something: Permit me to explain.
  • welcome — a kindly greeting or reception, as to one whose arrival gives pleasure: to give someone a warm welcome.

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