Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
   
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
  Show Word Combinations
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
forbid

for·bid

forbid

 
 
pronunciation:
fr bId
features:
Word Explorer
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: forbids, forbidding, forbade, forbad, forbid, forbidden
definition 1: to give orders that bar or prohibit (an action).
His grandparents forbid smoking in their house.The new government has forbidden the drinking of alcohol.
synonyms:
ban, prohibit
antonyms:
allow, authorize, empower, permit
similar words:
inhibit, interdict, outlaw, proscribe, taboo, veto
definition 2: to command that (someone) not do something.
Her parents forbade her to stay out past midnight.I forbid you to talk about your father in that way!
antonyms:
allow, empower, permit
definition 3: to prevent (someone) from doing something by commanding against it.
Her parents tried to forbid her from marrying the man she loved.
synonyms:
prohibit
similar words:
prevent, stop
definition 4: to obstruct or make impossible.
The high walls forbade entry to the castle.
synonyms:
bar, obstruct, prohibit
antonyms:
allow, permit
similar words:
block, deter, hinder, impede, preclude, prevent
Word Explorer
See
  behavior, law