[ verb ] command against


"I forbid you to call me late at night" "Mother vetoed the trip to the chocolate store"

Used in print

(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)

The dramatic construction of his stories characteristically turns_on a situation in which someone is simultaneously compelled and forbidden to love .

(Guy Endore, Voltaire! Voltaire!...)

That glory , craved for so long , was now forbidden to him .

(Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy....)

`` The Bible forbids us to bow_down to or to make graven_images .

[ verb ] keep from happening of arising; have the effect of preventing


"My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"