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pro·hib·it  (pr-hbt)
tr.v. pro·hib·it·ed, pro·hib·it·ing, pro·hib·its
1. To forbid by authority: Smoking is prohibited in most theaters. See Synonyms at forbid.
2. To prevent; preclude: Modesty prohibits me from saying what happened.

[Middle English prohibiten, from Latin prohibre, prohibit- : pro-, in front; see pro-1 + habre, to hold; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots.]

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