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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

To have ordered that something not be done.

Usage examples (29)
  • His father forbade him from going fishing with his friend.
  • Tears rose to her eyes, she stamped, she jumped up and down, and, in short, forbade the doctor to kill it.
  • She wanted to hold him, to be held by him, the way a dropped stone wants to fall, but his expression forbade her.
  • The couple lived as man and wife; though her husband finally got a divorce from her in 1759, its terms forbade her remarriage. for more
Tutoring comment
  • Forbade is another way of spelling forbad. They both have the same meaning.
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