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From Middle English forbise, forbisen (vb.), from earlier forbisenen (vb.), from forbisen (example, noun), from Old English forebȳsen (example), from fore- + bȳsen (model, exemplar, pattern, parable, command), from Proto-Germanic *būsniz (command, precept), from Proto-Germanic *beudaną (to ask, beg), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewdʰ- (to be awake, perceive fully). Cognate with Old Saxon am-busan (a command, precept), Gothic 𐌰𐌽𐌰𐌱𐌿𐍃𐌽𐍃 (anabusns, a command), Old Norse býsn (wonder, premonition). More at bid.


forbise (third-person singular simple present forbises, present participle forbising, simple past and past participle forbised)

  1. To give as an example.
  2. To furnish with examples.

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