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English verb: forbid

1. forbid (communication) command against


SamplesI forbid you to call me late at night.
Mother vetoed the trip to the chocolate store.
Dad nixed our plans.


ExamplesSam and Sue forbid the movie


Synonymsdisallow, interdict, nix, prohibit, proscribe, veto


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)command, require


Narrower (hyponym)ban, bar, criminalise, criminalize, debar, enjoin, exclude, illegalise, illegalize, outlaw


Antonymscountenance, permit, allow, let

2. forbid (social) keep from happening or arising; make impossible


SamplesMy sense of tact forbids an honest answer.
Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project.


Synonymsforeclose, forestall, preclude, prevent


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)avert, avoid, baffle, bilk, block, block, blockade, cross, debar, deflect, embarrass, fend off, foil, forefend, forfend, frustrate, halt, head off, hinder, kibosh, make unnecessary, obstruct, obviate, queer, save, scotch, spoil, stave off, stop, stymie, stymy, thwart, ward off









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