• WordNet 3.6
    • v forbid command against "I forbid you to call me late at night","Mother vetoed the trip to the chocolate store","Dad nixed our plans"
    • v forbid keep from happening or arising; make impossible "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer","Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Israel, religious law forbids picking your nose on Sabbath
    • Forbid To accurse; to blast. "He shall live a man forbid ."
    • Forbid To command against, or contrary to; to prohibit; to interdict. "More than I have said . . . The leisure and enforcement of the time Forbids to dwell upon."
    • Forbid To defy; to challenge.
    • Forbid To deny, exclude from, or warn off, by express command; to command not to enter. "Have I not forbid her my house?"
    • Forbid 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."
    • v. i Forbid To utter a prohibition; to prevent; to hinder. "I did not or forbid ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cleveland law forbids you to operate a motor vehicle while sitting in another person's lap.
    • forbid 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).
    • forbid To prohibit the use or action of; put under ban; restrain within limits.
    • forbid To prohibit in effect; stand in the way of; prevent: as, an impassable river forbids the approach of the army.
    • forbid To defy; challenge.
    • forbid To utter a prohibition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Kirkland, Illinois, law forbids bees to fly over the village or through any of its streets.
    • v.t Forbid for-bid′ to prohibit: to command not to do:
    • v.t Forbid for-bid′ (Shak.) to restrain
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  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth.”
  • Monta Crane
    Monta Crane
    “There are three ways to get something done: do it yourself, employ someone, or forbid your children to do it.”
  • Thomas Haynes Bayly
    Thomas Haynes Bayly
    “Oh! no! we never mention her, her name is never heard; my lips are now forbid to speak, that once familiar word.”
  • Sir John Denham
    Sir John Denham
    “Search not to find things too deeply hid; Nor try to know things whose knowledge is forbid.”
  • Seneca
    “Modesty forbids what the law does not.”
  • Moliere
    “It's true Heaven forbids some pleasures, but a compromise can usually be found.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. forbeden, AS. forbeódan,; pref. for-, + beódan, to bid; akin to D. verbieden, G. verbieten, Icel. fyrirbjōða, forboða, Sw. förbjuda, Dan. forbyde,. See Bid (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. forbéodan, pa.t. forbéad, pa.p. forboden. See pfx. for-, and bid; cf. Ger. verbieten.


In literature:

Our Lord's character forbids that we should think of him for a moment as devoted to the gathering of worldly wealth.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
You know I forbid you last time we met, and you promised me to be good.
"April's Lady" by Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
God forbid that ever I should find him handling a gun in Paris streets!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He was a very tall, raw-boned, ill-favoured fellow, of great muscular strength, and with a most forbidding countenance.
"The Lifeboat" by R.M. Ballantyne
Still, the public interests forbid that I should let their needy device for a living succeed.
"The Confidence-Man" by Herman Melville
May the Gods forbid it.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
I forbid every kind of confidence!
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
As for that fellow, I'll forbid him my house.
"Out in the Forty-Five" by Emily Sarah Holt
When David tells him that Susel's marriage is a decided fact he breaks out, and in his passion downright forbids the marriage.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
I forbid you by the gratitude you owe me.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie

In poetry:

But such readorning
Time forbids with scorning—
Makes me see things
Cease to be things
They were in my morning.
"To Outer Nature" by Thomas Hardy
O I forbid you, maidens a',
That wear gowd on your hair,
To come or gae by Carterhaugh,
For young Tam Lin is there.
"Tam Lin" by Andrew Lang
Well knowing that the Saviour said
Oh! suffer such to come,
"Forbid them not," for they are Mine,
And heaven is their home.
"To An Infant" by Mary Weston Fordham
And hark! I hear the tuneful throng
His obsequies forbid,
He still shall live, shall live as long!—
'As ever dead man did'.
"On the Death of the Right Hounourable ---" by Oliver Goldsmith
What could I other than I did?
Could I a singing-bird forbid?
Deny the wind-stirred leaf? Rebuke
The music of the forest brook?
"The Singer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
But I forbid this hopeless thought;
This dark, despairing frame,
Rememb'ring what thy hand hath wrought;
Thy hand is still the same.
"Psalm 77 part 1" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Beastie Boys' Yauch Forbids Using His Image for Ads.
Fully 71% of voters supported a ballot measure forbidding the government from requiring state residents to have health insurance.
Brookhaven currently forbids residents from feeding "waterfowl and pigeons" on public properties such as parks and beaches, town laws state.
Yet a question to the manager about installing hardwood floors in our second- floor unit resulted in the answer "the documents forbid more than 40 percent hard flooring on the second floor ".
About 100 chefs in California are joining forces to fight a state law that would forbid the sale of foie gras or duck liver.
There is not a single team in the NBA that can absorb the blow of losing an All-Star, or a leading scorer, or, heaven forbid, one guy who is both.
A federal appeals court is nullifying a Mississippi law that forbids phone spoofing of any type, ruling that Congress has authorized so-called "non- harmful " spoofing.
Whereas, Federal and state constitutional and statutory laws forbid public institutions from discriminating against handicapped individuals, ie, persons who have a physical or mental impairment .
The US Constitution forbids the execution of inmates who are insane or mentally incompetent .
The US Constitution forbids the execution of inmates who are insane or mentally incompetent.
Alvin and Omelia Garner got their marriage license a year after the US Supreme Court struck down state laws forbidding such unions.
Who does the Massachusetts employment anti-discrimination law apply to and what does it forbid.
A wanna-be Apple Store in Queens called Apple Story was issued a federal injunction Thursday forbidding it from selling counterfeit wares.
(Message to any Modell's employee who, God forbid, is currently homeless: Get in touch with Mitch , pronto.).
Maybe now, reporters, bloggers, outsiders and even many Mormons will accept that the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not forbid drinking cola.

In science:

However, the right hand side of the equation in fig. 1 is zero because energy-momentum conservation (2.6) forbids a particle with space-like momenta to decay into two massive on-shell particles.
Space-Time Noncommutative Field Theories And Unitarity
Because gauge principle forbids us to localize Lorentz transformation, asks us only to localize gravitational gauge transformation.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
Furthermore, according to SQM’s prediction, the probability of finding two particles at one side of the x-axis can be non-zero, while it is shown that BQM forbids such events, provided that y0 = 0.
On the Experimental Incompatibility Between Standard and Bohmian Quantum Mechanics
Such a symmetry can forbid all superpotential terms up to some desired order.
Product Groups, Discrete Symmetries, and Grand Unification
It is easy to forbid the relevant mass terms by choosing appropriate charges for h′ and ¯h.
Product Groups, Discrete Symmetries, and Grand Unification