banish

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verb ban·ish \ˈba-nish\

Definition of banish

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to require by authority to leave a country a dictator who banishes anyone who opposes him

  3. 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.

  4. 3 :  to clear away :  dispel his discovery banishes anxiety — Stringfellow Barr

banisher

noun

banishment

play \-nish-mənt\ noun

Examples of banish in a Sentence

  1. He was banished for life.

  2. The dictator banished anyone who opposed him.

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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

Synonym Discussion of 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

BANISH Defined for English Language Learners

banish

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verb

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

banish

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verb ban·ish \ˈba-nish\

Definition of banish for Students

banished

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banishing

  1. 1 :  to force to leave a country

  2. 2 :  to cause to go away banish fears



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