from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To command (someone) not to do something: I forbid you to go.
- transitive v. To command against the doing or use of (something); prohibit: forbid smoking on trains.
- transitive v. To have the effect of preventing; preclude: Discretion forbids a reply.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To disallow
- v. To proscribe
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To utter a prohibition; to prevent; to hinder.
- transitive v. To command against, or contrary to; to prohibit; to interdict.
- transitive v. To deny, exclude from, or warn off, by express command; to command not to enter.
- transitive v. To oppose, hinder, or prevent, as if by an effectual command.
- transitive v. To accurse; to blast.
- transitive v. To defy; to challenge.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bid or command, as to a thing, that it shall not be done; prohibit by command, or as with authority; issue an order against, as the doing of or being something; interdict: often with a person as indirect object and an act or thing as direct object: as, to forbid the banns (that is, the proclamation of the banns); I forbid you my house (that is, to enter my house).
- To prohibit the use or action of; put under ban; restrain within limits.
- To prohibit in effect; stand in the way of; prevent: as, an impassable river forbids the approach of the army.
- To defy; challenge.
- To utter a prohibition.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. command against
- v. keep from happening or arising; make impossible
I. iii.21 (405,9) He shall live a man forbid] Mr. Theobald has very justly explained _forbid_ by _accursed_, but without giving any reason of his interpretation.
What federal law does forbid is racism which pretends to be something else, such as a hiring test designed to disadvantage minority applicants or a screening process that “coincidentally” preferences applicants from predominantly white schools or communities.
Don't forget all the garbage they will dig up on Hillary if she, heaven forbid, is the nominee in the fall.
I'll drag my trusty notebook down to the laundromat with me, and I will once again forbid myself any internet time.
If I operate my paint gun range and the terms forbid RMT for items found on my range, how will I ever know if two transacting players made some agreement over coffee at the diner around the corner from my range?
The despotic monarchs of Spain forbid the exploring of any new gold or silver mines without the express permission of government, and they have ordered several rich ones to be shut up as not equal to the cost of working.
Note, The examples of others 'ruin forbid us to be secure.
(which will hopefully will not forbid avoiding the English words "magical girl" and instead require the Japanese words "mahou shoujo" be spoken), I must first express my condolences.
And if, God forbid, that is not the case, then Pakistan is betraying its own national interest.
"My age and my calling forbid my doing as the rest of you do," said the schoolmaster, "and I think I shall stick to my horse."
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