from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To bar in; to shut up.
  • v. To bar, fend off, ward off.
  • v. To exclude, deny.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bar in; shut up.
  • To bar; fend off; ward off.
  • To exclude; deny.


From Middle English forbarren ("to bar"), equivalent to for- +‎ bar. Compare Middle High German verbarren ("to forbar"). (Wiktionary)


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