Pronunciation: (fur-bid', fôr-), [key]
—v.t., -bade or -bad or -bid, -bid•den or -bid, -bid•ding.
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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.