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.
Recent Examples of banish from the Web
Though Jared Weston Walter has been jailed repeatedly since 2009 for cutting or masturbating in women's hair aboard buses, the agency cannot banish him from the transit system.
The money courtside seats command has banished most reporters to the far reaches of arenas now.
The Underwoods had to know that the election wouldn’t banish the threat of impeachment or imprisonment from the revelations in Tom Hammerschmidt’s article.
There, cars are banished throughout most of the year and children can play safely on the sandy lanes.
Microsoft Reader, out early next year, banishes the 72-dpi blues.
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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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