prohibit-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: forbid, command against

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] PROHIBIT NP2
NOTE: implies that NP1 has authority over NP2

Junco prohibited his reporters from taking gifts from government officials.
The statute prohibited his use of any state facilities or time in completing the work.
After beating her, he ordered her to leave, but prohibited her from taking her coat or shoes.
Motor vehicles are prohibited from driving in the town centre.
The government introduced a law prohibiting tobacco advertisements on TV.
Parking is strictly prohibited between these gates.

PropBank: prohibit.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: prevent, make impossible

NOTE: although NP1 may be agentive, the prohibition is not the result of authoritative command The prohibition is not a form of forbiddance, it blocks something from occuring, but not due to commands or authority

He claimed that class discussion of evolution prohibited his children's free exercise of religion.
In attempting to prohibit evil thoughts, we've succeeded in prohibiting attempts to really think about evil.
The housing development neighbors successfully prohibited the annual event.
Major-league baseball has also managed to prohibit fan ownership, though without enacting a formal policy against it.
The loudness of the music prohibits serious conversation in most nightclubs.

PropBank: prohibit.01