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.