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ban

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verb \ˈban\

Simple Definition of ban

  • : to forbid people from using (something) : to say that something cannot be used or done

  • : to forbid (someone) from doing or being part of something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ban

banned

banning

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  curse

  3. 2 :  to prohibit especially by legal means <ban discrimination>; also :  to prohibit the use, performance, or distribution of <ban a book> <ban a pesticide>

  4. 3 :  bar 3c <banned from the U.N.>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. archaic :  to utter curses or maledictions

Examples of ban in a sentence

  1. The school banned that book for many years.

  2. The city has banned smoking in all public buildings.

  3. The drug was banned a decade ago.

  4. The use of cell phones is banned in the restaurant.



Origin and Etymology of ban

Middle English bannen to summon, curse, from Old English bannan to summon; akin to Old High German bannan to command, Latin fari to speak, Greek phanai to say, phōnē sound, voice


First Known Use: 12th century


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ban

noun

Definition of ban

  1. 1 :  the summoning in feudal times of the king's vassals for military service

  2. 2 :  anathema, excommunication

  3. 3 :  malediction, curse

  4. 4 :  legal or formal prohibition <a ban on beef exports>

  5. 5 :  censure or condemnation especially through social pressure



Origin and Etymology of ban

Middle English, partly from bannen & partly from Old French ban, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German bannan to command


First Known Use: 14th century


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ban

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noun \ˈbän\

Definition of ban

plural

bani

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  1. — see leu at money table



Origin and Etymology of ban

Romanian, money, coin, small coin


First Known Use: 1880


BAN Defined for Kids

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ban

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verb \ˈban\

Definition of ban for Students

banned

banning

  1. :  to forbid especially by law or social pressure <Smoking was banned.>




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ban

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noun

Definition of ban for Students

  1. :  an official order forbidding something




Law Dictionary

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ban

transitive verb

Legal Definition of ban

banned

banning

  1. :  to prohibit or forbid especially by legal means (as by statute or order) <ban solicitation>; also :  to prohibit the use, performance, or distribution of <legislation to ban DDT>




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ban

noun

Legal Definition of ban

  1. :  prohibition especially by statute or order <a ban on automatic weapons>





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