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.

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But dermatologists might start approaching acne drugs differently after a recent study found another common drug might be just as effective as antibiotics at banishing breakouts. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Is Spironolactone as Effective at Treating Acne as Antibiotics? New Study Says Yes," 7 June 2018 In other words: Being strategic about what products you group together can lead to better success at banishing chin acne forever. Karina Hoshikawa, Teen Vogue, "Chin Acne: How to Cure and Prevent It," 1 June 2018 Photo: Katherine Bindley/The Wall Street Journal Many office workers around the country would love their own bosses to banish office vapers to outdoor tents. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "Microwaved Fish Was Once the Workplace Aggravation—Now It’s Vaping," 14 Dec. 2018 Discord has been used by the kind of alt-right internet groups most platforms are working to banish. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Black Friday is the busiest time of year for professional line sitters," 21 Nov. 2018 The dash was redesigned to banish the old Chrysler touchscreen graphics, with a new flush screen and even cooler passenger-side digital gauge package. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Ferrari "Family Car" Still Spits Fire," 24 Aug. 2018 There’s no apparent joy in these painful exertions, and the occasional signs of a wider life — practicing kinesiology, getting lost inside a virtual-reality headset — fail to banish the movie’s disconsolate monotony. Denis Côté, New York Times, "Review: Six Strongmen Cultivate ‘A Skin So Soft’," 5 July 2018 Last week’s Tesla fireworks continue, with an activist investor now pushing the electric carmaker’s shareholders to banish three of its nine board members in favor of folks with relevant manufacturing expertise. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "This Week in the Future of Cars: Touch and Go," 11 May 2018 Such efforts on some level approach country music as a well of authenticity artists can drink from to banish the plastic glint of pop. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Telling the Pop-Star-Goes-Country Story Again," 6 Apr. 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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