banish

verb
ban·​ish | \ ˈba-nish How to pronounce banish (audio) \
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 How to pronounce banishment (audio) \ 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 But Friday seemed to banish frigid imagery by offering an afternoon of blue skies and 60-degree temperatures. Washington Post, "Sky suggests winter, but Saturday stays warm," 22 Nov. 2020 The best eco-friendly gifts cover a range of categories—from environmentally conscious kitchen swaps to sustainable fashion and reusable beauty products—that can help banish even more single-use plastic from day-to-day life. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "35 Eco-Friendly Gifts That Do Right by Mother Earth (and Everyone on Your List)," 17 Nov. 2020 From about 487 to 416 B.C., ostracism was a process by which Athenian citizens could banish someone without a trial. Megan Gannon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ancient Greeks Voted to Kick Politicians Out of Athens If Enough People Didn’t Like Them," 27 Oct. 2020 The aloof posture encodes the exclusionary social hierarchy Govan professes to banish. Joseph Giovannini, The New York Review of Books, "The Demolition of LACMA: Art Sacrificed to Architecture," 2 Oct. 2020 This strategy, along with a desire to banish the memory of Mrs. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "For U.K.’s Boris Johnson, Hardball Tactics Seem the Only Way to a Brexit Deal," 26 Sep. 2020 VentiFresh, inspired by NASA’s work for astronauts aboard the International Space Station, uses a photocatalyst technology to banish bad smells from your home. Popular Science, "Check out the best deals on home gadgets this week," 3 Sep. 2020 His transgression infuriated the rest of the clubhouse, prompting the Indians to banish him to the minor-league complex for nearly two weeks. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "The Padres Go All-In on a World Series Run," 31 Aug. 2020 Could the Miami Dolphins banish one of their three quarterbacks away from teammates, or the team facility altogether, to ensure the team will not be in a bind if the other quarterbacks come down with COVID-19? Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Could the Dolphins quarantine Fitzpatrick, Tagovailoa or Rosen? Flores has looked into it," 10 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of banish was in the 14th century

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4 Dec 2020

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“Banish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/banish. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for banish

banish

verb
How to pronounce banish (audio)

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 How to pronounce banish (audio) \
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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