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 for forbid
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Forbid \For*bid"\, v. i.
     To utter a prohibition; to prevent; to hinder. "I did not or
     forbid." --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Forbid \For*bid"\ (f[o^]r*b[i^]d"), v. t. [imp. Forbade
     (f[o^]r*b[a^]d"); p. p. Forbidden (f[o^]r*b[i^]d"d'n)
     ({Forbid, [Obs.]); p. pr. & vb. n. Forbidding
     (f[o^]r*b[i^]d"d[i^]ng).] [OE. forbeden, AS. forbe['o]dan;
     pref. for- + be['o]dan to bid; akin to D. verbieden, G.
     verbieten, Icel. fyrirbj[=o][eth]a, forbo[eth]a, Sw.
     f["o]rbjuda, Dan. forbyde. See Bid, v. t.]
     1. To command against, or contrary to; to prohibit; to
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              More than I have said . . .
              The leisure and enforcement of the time
              Forbids to dwell upon.                --Shak.
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     2. To deny, exclude from, or warn off, by express command; to
        command not to enter.
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              Have I not forbid her my house?       --Shak.
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     3. To oppose, hinder, or prevent, as if by an effectual
        command; as, an impassable river forbids the approach of
        the army.
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              A blaze of glory that forbids the sight. --Dryden.
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     4. To accurse; to blast. [Obs.]
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              He shall live a man forbid.           --Shak.
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     5. To defy; to challenge. [Obs.] --L. Andrews.
     Syn: To prohibit; interdict; hinder; preclude; withhold;
          restrain; prevent. See Prohibit.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: command against; "I forbid you to call me late at night";
           "Mother vetoed the trip to the chocolate store"; "Dad nixed
           our plans" [syn: forbid, prohibit, interdict,
           proscribe, veto, disallow, nix] [ant: allow,
           countenance, let, permit]
      2: keep from happening or arising; make impossible; "My sense of
         tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the projects
         precludes your involvement in the competitive project" [syn:
         prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbid]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  54 Moby Thesaurus words for "forbid":
     anticipate, avert, ban, bar, block, check, curb, debar, deflect,
     deny, deter, disallow, discourage, dishearten, embargo, enjoin,
     estop, exclude, exclude from, fend, fend off, foreclose, forestall,
     halt, help, hinder, impede, inhibit, interdict, keep from,
     keep off, obstruct, obviate, outlaw, preclude, prevent, prohibit,
     proscribe, refuse, reject, repel, repress, restrain, rule out,
     save, say no to, shut out, stave off, stop, suppress, taboo,
     turn aside, veto, ward off

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