From Middle English forbeden, from Old English forbēodan ("to forbid, prohibit, restrain, refuse, repeal, annul"), from Proto-Germanic *furibeudaną, from *furi + *beudaną. Equivalent to for- + bid. Cognate with Dutch verbieden ("to forbid"), German verbieten ("to forbid"), Danish forbyde ("to forbid"),
Norwegian Bokmål forby ("to forbid"), Swedish förbjuda ("to forbid"), Gothic 𐍆𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌱𐌹𐌿𐌳𐌰𐌽. Related to forbode.
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