What does the word forbid mean?

Usage examples for forbid

  1. No talk of thine can charm me, Forbid it Heaven! – The Seven Plays in English Verse by Sophocles
  2. Forbid it:- no; I shall not forbid it. – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  3. I cannot fancy anything of the sort, my darling; Heaven forbid that I could! – Cruel As The Grave by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth