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.

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Terms to describe the natural world—such as acorn, adder, bluebell, bramble, otter, raven and willow—have been banished to make room for such chilly contemporary words as blog, broadband and bullet-point. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "What to Give: Children’s Books," 15 Nov. 2018 Having been banished from her home, an exile must find her way in the aftermath of her own disappearance. Dalia Sofer, New York Times, "A Persian Turned Parisian Insists: I’m Not an Immigrant, I’m an Exile," 8 June 2018 Getty Images Anyone who has ever been banished to the kiddie table knows their strife. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Princess Charlotte Isn't Allowed to Sit With Her Parents During Royal Visit Dinners," 2 June 2018 Pro Treatments for Dark Circles For undereyes that need an extra boost, more intensive options for banishing dark spots may be available through a little professional intervention. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "How to Get Rid of Dark Circles," 4 Feb. 2019 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

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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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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 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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