forbid past tense forbade


forbid past tense forbade
past participle forbidden /-'bIdn/ verb (T)
1 to tell someone that they definitely must not do something: You may not go to the party - I absolutely forbid it! | forbid sb from doing sth: Women are forbidden from going out without a veil. | strictly forbid: The law strictly forbids racial or sexual discrimination. | forbid sb to do sth: He was forbidden to leave the base as a punishment.
2 God/Heaven forbid spoken used to emphasize that you hope that something will not happen: Who would run the business if, God forbid, you were to die?
3 formal to make it impossible for someone to do something: Lack of space forbids the listing of all those who contributed.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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