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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pro·hib·it v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prohibited; p. pr. & vb. n. Prohibiting.]
 1. To forbid by authority; to interdict; as, God prohibited Adam from eating of the fruit of a certain tree; we prohibit a person from doing a thing, and also the doing of the thing; as, the law prohibits men from stealing, or it prohibits stealing.
 Note:Prohibit was formerly followed by to with the infinitive, but is now commonly followed by from with the verbal noun in -ing.
 2. To hinder; to debar; to prevent; to preclude.
 Gates of burning adamant,
 Barred over us, prohibit all egress.   --Milton.
 Syn: -- To forbid; interdict; debar; prevent; hinder.
 Usage: -- Prohibit, Forbid. To forbid is Anglo-Saxon, and is more familiar; to prohibit is Latin, and is more formal or official. A parent forbids his child to be out late at night; he prohibits his intercourse with the profane and vicious.