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forbade

[fer-bad, -beyd, fawr-] /fərˈbæd, -ˈbeɪd, fɔr-/
verb
1.
a simple past tense of forbid.
Also, forbad
[fer-bad, fawr-] /fərˈbæd, fɔr-/ (Show IPA),
forbid.
Can be confused
forbade, forbid, forbidden, forebode (see synonym study at forbid)

forbid

[fer-bid, fawr-] /fərˈbɪd, fɔr-/
verb (used with object), forbade or forbad or forbid, forbidden or forbid, forbidding.
1.
to command (a person) not to do something, have something, etc., or not to enter some place:
to forbid him entry to the house.
2.
to prohibit (something); make a rule or law against:
to forbid the use of lipstick; to forbid smoking.
3.
to hinder or prevent; make impossible.
4.
to exclude; bar:
Burlesque is forbidden in many cities.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English forbeden, Old English forbēodan. See for-, bid1
Related forms
forbidder, noun
Can be confused
forbade, forbid, forbidden, forebode (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
1, 2. interdict. Forbid, inhibit, prohibit, taboo indicate a command to refrain from some action. Forbid, a common and familiar word, usually denotes a direct or personal command of this sort: I forbid you to go. It was useless to forbid children to play in the park. Inhibit implies a checking or hindering of impulses by the mind, sometimes involuntarily: to inhibit one's desires; His responsiveness was inhibited by extreme shyness. Prohibit, a formal or legal word, means usually to forbid by official edict, enactment, or the like: to prohibit the sale of liquor. Taboo, primarily associated with primitive superstition, means to prohibit by common disapproval and by social custom: to taboo a subject in polite conversation. 3. preclude, stop, obviate, deter.
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Examples from the web for forbade
  • Yet another couple committed suicide after their parents forbade them to marry.
  • The act forbade the alteration of property on wetlands without permission.
  • He forbade him to write or be visited by anyone except his lawyer and close relatives.
  • He forbade his followers to lift a hand even against those who attacked them in peaceful demonstrations.
  • Our parents forbade us ever to discuss the matter or ask any questions about it.
  • Lest no freedom of expression for any interpretation of reality be forbade.
  • Custom forbade them from ever washing their clothes.
  • He accused her of financial opportunism and forbade the marriage.
  • One such decree forbade riding a bicycle with your feet off the pedals.
  • He favored museum stipulations that forbade the lending of certain artworks.
British Dictionary definitions for forbade

forbade

/fəˈbæd; -ˈbeɪd/
verb
1.
the past tense of forbid

forbid

/fəˈbɪd/
verb (transitive) -bids, -bidding, -bade, -bad, -bidden, -bid
1.
to prohibit (a person) in a forceful or authoritative manner (from doing something or having something)
2.
to make impossible; hinder
3.
to shut out or exclude
4.
God forbid!, may it not happen
Derived Forms
forbiddance, noun
forbidder, noun
Word Origin
Old English forbēodan; related to Old High German farbiotan, Gothic faurbiudan; see for-, bid
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Word Origin and History for forbade

past tense of forbid.

forbid

v.

Old English forbeodan "forbid, prohibit," from for- "against" + beodan "to command" (see bid). Common Germanic compound (cf. Dutch verbieden, Old High German farbiotan, German verbieten, Old Norse fyrirbjoða, Gothic faurbiudan "to forbid"). Related: Forbade; forbidden.

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Idioms and Phrases with forbade

forbid

see: god forbid
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