Definition of banish
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>
banishmentplay \-nish-mənt\ noun
Examples of banish in a sentence
He was banished for life.
The dictator banished anyone who opposed him.
Origin and Etymology of banish
Middle English, from Anglo-French baniss-, stem of banir, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German bannan to command — more at ban
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of banish
BANISH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of banish for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of banish for Students
1 : to force to leave a country
2 : to cause to go away <banish fears>
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