banish

verb
ban·​ish | \ˈba-nish \
banished; banishing; banishes

Definition of banish 

transitive verb

1 : to require by authority to leave a country a dictator who banishes anyone who opposes him

2 : to drive out or remove from a home or place of usual resort or continuance He was banished from court. banishing her from the sport The reporters were banished to another room.

3 : to clear away : dispel his discovery banishes anxiety— Stringfellow Barr

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Other Words from banish

banisher noun
banishment \ ˈba-​nish-​mənt \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for banish

banish, exile, deport, transport mean to remove by authority from a state or country. banish implies compulsory removal from a country not necessarily one's own. banished for seditious activities exile may imply compulsory removal or an enforced or voluntary absence from one's own country. a writer who exiled himself for political reasons deport implies sending out of the country an alien who has illegally entered or whose presence is judged inimical to the public welfare. illegal aliens will be deported transport implies sending a convicted criminal to an overseas penal colony. a convict who was transported to Australia

Examples of banish in a Sentence

He was banished for life. The dictator banished anyone who opposed him.

Recent Examples on the Web

Full-of-himself Thor gets banished to our humble little planet and creates quite a stir. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "We rank every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from worst to best," 6 July 2018 Though the three-day stand may have looked from a remove like some sort of paycheck gig, that thought was banished early on by the group’s obvious enjoyment in playing. Fred Schruers, Billboard, "The Go-Go's Bring Fun & Fireworks to Hollywood Bowl Fourth of July Concert," 5 July 2018 The North Korean leader will no doubt try to profit from South Korea’s eagerness to banish the war talk that flared between Kim and Trump. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "Hold the Trump Nobel! Korea talks will be a long haul | Trudy Rubin," 11 May 2018 Efforts to banish Butler have been driven partly by Nancy Hogshead-Makar, an Olympic swimming champion who later became a civil rights lawyer. Michael Tam, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State kept ties to coach accused of sexual abuse," 24 Apr. 2018 Efforts to banish Butler have been driven partly by Nancy Hogshead-Makar, an Olympic swimming champion who later became a civil rights lawyer. Washington Post, "Michigan State kept ties to coach accused of sexual abuse," 24 Apr. 2018 Efforts to banish Butler have been driven partly by Nancy Hogshead-Makar, an Olympic swimming champion who later became a civil rights lawyer. Michael Tarm, BostonGlobe.com, "Michigan State kept ties to coach accused of sexual abuse," 24 Apr. 2018 What a run! -- facilitated at every key juncture by Trump's unwillingness to simply banish Omarosa once and for all. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "1 sentence that explains the wacky and super dysfunctional world of Donald Trump," 19 Mar. 2018 The Croatian Football Federation, under pressure to act, responded by banishing Vukojevic from the squad and sending him home. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Croatian soccer finds itself involved in another two-faced controversy," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of banish

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for banish

Middle English, from Anglo-French baniss-, stem of banir, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German bannan to command — more at ban

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banish

verb

English Language Learners Definition of banish

: to force (someone) to leave a country as punishment

: to send (someone or something) away

: to cause (something) to go away : to get rid of (something)

banish

verb
ban·​ish | \ˈba-nish \
banished; banishing

Kids Definition of banish

1 : to force to leave a country

2 : to cause to go away banish fears

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