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 Child-welfare advocates insist the practice constitutes child abuse and exploitation and should be banished. Adam Dean, New York Times, "For Indonesia’s Child Jockeys, Time to Retire at 10, After 5 Years of Racing," 24 Aug. 2019 Child-welfare advocates insist the practice constitutes child abuse and exploitation and should be banished. Adam Dean, BostonGlobe.com, "Where jockeys retire at age 10, after 5 years in the saddle," 24 Aug. 2019 Hayek believed issuing private money would banish inflation from the world since people would only use the currency most stable in value. Jay L. Zagorsky, The Conversation, "Facebook claims Libra offers economic empowerment to billions – an economist is skeptical," 18 June 2019 In the open-air Wakulima Market thin plastic shopping bags have disappeared, banished by Kenya’s national bag ban. Laura Parker, National Geographic, "Plastic bag bans are spreading. But are they truly effective?," 17 Apr. 2019 But Kelsey, who has been banished from the BSA, continues to maintain his innocence. NBC News, "A Boy Scout leader sang 'Hakuna Matata' while naked. The organization didn't investigate, suit says," 14 Sep. 2019 At Familia Zuccardi, oak has been practically banished from the family’s new winery in the Uco Valley of Argentina’s Mendoza province in favor of concrete fermentation and aging vessels fashioned from local materials. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Love it or hate it, oak is important in wine. Here are 5 things to know.," 16 Aug. 2019 Cameron Feagin is terrific here as Kent, who has been banished along with Lear’s forthright youngest daughter, Cordelia (Kayla Raelle Holder) but disguises herself as a working-class man in order to be close to him in his hour of need. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "Review: A sharp ‘King Lear’ at Redtwist Theatre raises issues of aging, greed and power," 9 July 2019 Rather than banish anxiety, these almost-commonplace objects are quietly disturbing. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: If creative ceramics are your cup of tea, go to the Renwick Gallery," 3 Sep. 2019

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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
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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