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ban

verb \ ˈban \

Definition of ban

banned; banning
transitive verb
1 archaic :curse
  • It is a hard fate … to be banned … by the world, only because one has sought to be wiser than the world is.
  • —Edward Bulwer Lytton
2 :to prohibit especially by legal means
  • ban discrimination
  • Is smoking banned in all public buildings?
; also :to prohibit the use, performance, or distribution of
  • ban a book
  • ban a pesticide
3 :bar 3c
  • banned from the U.N.
intransitive verb
archaic :to utter curses or condemnations
  • The serious world will scold and ban
  • —Joseph Rodman Drake

Examples of ban in a Sentence

  1. The school banned that book for many years.

  2. The city has banned smoking in all public buildings.

  3. The drug was banned a decade ago.

  4. The use of cell phones is banned in the restaurant.

Origin and Etymology of ban

Middle English bannen to summon, curse, from Old English bannan to summon; akin to Old High German bannan to command, Latin fari to speak, Greek phanai to say, phōnē sound, voice


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ban

noun

Definition of ban

1 :the summoning in feudal times of the king's vassals for military service
2 religion :anathema, excommunication
  • under the pope's ban
3 :malediction, curse
  • uttered a ban upon his enemies
4 :legal or formal prohibition
  • a ban on beef exports
5 :censure or condemnation especially through social pressure
  • was under ban for her politicial views

Origin and Etymology of ban

Middle English, partly from bannen & partly from Old French ban, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German bannan to command


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ban

noun \ ˈbän \

Definition of ban

plural bani play \ˈbä-(ˌ)nē\
:a monetary subunit of the leu — see leu at Money Table

Origin and Etymology of ban

Romanian, money, coin, small coin


BAN Defined for English Language Learners

ban

verb

Definition of ban for English Language Learners

  • : to forbid people from using (something) : to say that something cannot be used or done

  • : to forbid (someone) from doing or being part of something


BAN Defined for Kids

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ban

verb \ ˈban \

Definition of ban for Students

banned; banning
:to forbid especially by law or social pressure
  • Smoking was banned.

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ban

noun

Definition of ban for Students

:an official order forbidding something

Law Dictionary

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ban

transitive verb

legal Definition of ban

banned; banning
:to prohibit or forbid especially by legal means (as by statute or order)
  • ban solicitation
; also :to prohibit the use, performance, or distribution of
  • legislation to ban DDT

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ban

noun

legal Definition of ban

:prohibition especially by statute or order
  • a ban on automatic weapons


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