ban

verb
\ˈban \
banned; banning

Definition of ban 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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 sense 3c banned from the U.N.

intransitive verb

archaic : to utter curses or condemnations The serious world will scold and ban— Joseph Rodman Drake

ban

noun (1)

Definition of ban (Entry 2 of 3)

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

ban

noun (2)
\ˈbän \
plural bani\ˈbä-​(ˌ)nē \

Definition of ban (Entry 3 of 3)

: a monetary subunit of the leu — see leu at Money Table

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Synonyms & Antonyms for ban

Synonyms: Verb

bar, enjoin, forbid, interdict, outlaw, prohibit, proscribe

Antonyms: Verb

allow, let, permit, suffer

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Examples of ban in a Sentence

Verb

The school banned that book for many years. The city has banned smoking in all public buildings. The drug was banned a decade ago. The use of cell phones is banned in the restaurant.
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First Known Use of ban

Verb

12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ban

Verb

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

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

Romanian, money, coin, small coin

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ban

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ban

: 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

verb
\ˈban \
banned; banning

Kids Definition of ban

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

ban

noun

Kids Definition of ban (Entry 2 of 2)

: an official order forbidding something

banned; banning

Legal Definition of ban 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

ban

noun

Legal Definition of ban (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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