For·bid v. t. [imp. Forbade p. p. Forbidden (Forbid, [Obs.]); p. pr. & vb. n. Forbidding ]
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.]
Syn: -- To prohibit; interdict; hinder; preclude; withhold; restrain; prevent. See Prohibit.
For·bid·ding a. Repelling approach; repulsive; raising abhorrence, aversion, or dislike; disagreeable; prohibiting or interdicting; as, a forbidding aspect; a forbidding formality; a forbidding air.
Syn: -- Disagreeable; unpleasant; displeasing; offensive; repulsive; odious; abhorrent.
-- For*bid*ding*ly, adv. -- For*bid*ding*ness, n.
v 1: command against; "I forbid you to call me late at night";
"Mother vetoed the trip to the chocolate store" [syn: prohibit,
interdict, proscribe, veto, disallow] [ant: permit,
2: keep from happening or arising; have the effect of
preventing; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"
[syn: prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude]
[also: forbidding, forbidden, forbade, forbad]
adj 1: harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance; "a
dour, self-sacrificing life"; "a forbidding scowl"; "a
grim man loving duty more than humanity"; "undoubtedly
the grimmest part of him was his iron claw"-
J.M.Barrie [syn: dour, grim]
2: threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments; "a
baleful look"; "forbidding thunderclouds"; "his tone
became menacing"; "ominous rumblings of discontent";
"sinister storm clouds"; "a sinister smile"; "his
threatening behavior"; "ugly black clouds"; "the situation
became ugly" [syn: baleful, menacing, minacious, minatory,
ominous, sinister, threatening, ugly]
n : an official prohibition or edict against something [syn: ban,