[fer-bid-n, fawr-]
a past participle of forbid.
not allowed; prohibited: a forbidden food in his religion.
Physics. involving a change in quantum numbers that is not permitted by the selection rules: forbidden transition.

forbiddenly, adverb
forbiddenness, noun
preforbidden, adjective
self-forbidden, adjective
unforbidden, adjective

forbade, forbid, forbidden, forebode (see synonym study at forbid). Unabridged


[fer-bid, fawr-]
verb (used with object), forbade or forbad or forbid, forbidden or forbid, forbidding.
to command (a person) not to do something, have something, etc., or not to enter some place: to forbid him entry to the house.
to prohibit (something); make a rule or law against: to forbid the use of lipstick; to forbid smoking.
to hinder or prevent; make impossible.
to exclude; bar: Burlesque is forbidden in many cities.

before 1000; Middle English forbeden, Old English forbēodan. See for-, bid1

forbidder, noun

forbade, forbid, forbidden, forebode (see synonym study at the current entry).

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. Unabridged
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forbid (fəˈbɪd)
vb , -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
[Old English forbēodan; related to Old High German farbiotan, Gothic faurbiudan; see for-, bid]

forbidden (fəˈbɪdən)
1.  not permitted by order or law
2.  physics involving a change in quantum numbers that is not permitted by certain rules derived from quantum mechanics, esp rules for changes in the electrical dipole moment of the system
usage  It was formerly considered incorrect to talk of forbidding someone from doing something, but in modern usage either from or to can be used: he was forbidden from entering/to enter the building

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Word Origin & History

O.E. forbeodan, from for- "against" + beodan "to command" (see bid). Common Gmc. compound (cf. Du. verbieden, O.H.G. farbiotan, Ger. verbieten, Goth. faurbiudan). Related: Forbade; forbidden. Forbidding "uninviting" first recorded 1712.
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Example sentences
If you can't answer that riddle, you could conduct an entire research project
  and be forbidden to publish the results.
The government's treatment of police officers, who are forbidden to strike and
  therefore easy to bully, is unfair.
To succeed, you must override both a normal impulse to attend to new
  information and curiosity about something forbidden.
People can be made to see reddish green and yellowish blue-colors forbidden by
  theories of color perception.
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