For*bid", v. t. [imp. Forbade (?); p. p. Forbidden (?) (Forbid, [Obs.]); p. pr. & vb. n. Forbidding (?).] [OE. forbeden, AS. forbeodan; pref. for- + beodan to bid; akin to D. verbieden, G. verbieten, Icel., fyrirbj&omac;&edh;a, forbo&edh;a, Sw. forbjuda, Dan. forbyde. See Bid, v. t.]

1.

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. Shak.

2.

To deny, exclude from, or warn off, by express command; to command not to enter.

Have I not forbid her my house? Shak.

3.

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. Dryden.

4.

To accurse; to blast.

[Obs.]

He shall live a man forbid. Shak.

5.

To defy; to challenge.

[Obs.]

L. Andrews.

Syn. -- To prohibit; interdict; hinder; preclude; withold; restrain; prevent. See Prohibit.

 

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For*bid" (?), v. i.

To utter a prohibition; to prevent; to hinder.

"I did not or forbid."

Milton.

 

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