tr.v.for·bade(-bd, -bd) or for·bad(-bd), for·bid·den(-bdn) or for·bid, for·bid·ding, for·bids
1. To command (someone) not to do something: I forbid you to go.
2. To command against the doing or use of (something); prohibit: forbid smoking on trains.
3. To have the effect of preventing; preclude: Discretion forbids a reply.
[Middle English forbidden, forbeden, from Old English forbodan; see bheudh- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: forbid, ban1, enjoin, interdict, prohibit, proscribe These verbs mean to refuse to allow: laws that forbid speeding; banned smoking; was enjoined from broadcasting; interdict trafficking in drugs; rules that prohibit loitering; proscribed the importation of certain fruits.