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Verb type: 1


  1. to forbid, to disallow, to ban, to prohibit (from doing = elative of the third infinitive)
    Kielsin lastani juoksemasta kadulle.
    I forbade my child to run into the street.
  2. to deny, controvert, dispute, contest (argue that something is not the case)
    Synonym: kiistää
    Kiellän tehneeni mitään väärää!
    I deny having done anything wrong!
  3. to renounce (also in a religious sense), to repudiate
    Synonym: hylätä
    Hän kielsi poikansa.
    (S)he renounced/repudiated her son.
    Hän kielsi Jumalan.
    He renounced God.
  4. (law) to contest
    Synonyms: hylätä, moittia, riitauttaa
    kieltää jonkun testamentti ― to contest somone's last will


Indicative Conjugations

The present, imperfect, perfect, and pluperfect (past perfect) tenses in English correspond to "speaks", "spoke", "has spoken", and "had spoken".

Conditional Conjugations

The conditional present and perfect moods in English typically correspond to "would" and "would have".