- to pronounce an ecclesiastical curse upon.
- to curse; execrate.
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OTHER WORDS FROM banban·na·ble, adjectiveun·banned, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH banbanns, bans
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- the summoning of the sovereign's vassals for military service.
- the body of vassals summoned.
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What does ban mean?
To ban is to forbid or prohibit something or someone, as in Fatima banned her children from using screens after 9 pm so they wouldn’ stay up all night playing video games.
A ban is a law or rule that prohibits, or bans, something, as in The winter parking ban starts on December 1.
A ban can also be an informal prohibition, such as by public opinion.
Example: We had to ban the use of power tools for school projects after an unfortunate incident in shop class.
Where does ban come from?
The first records of the term ban come from before the year 1,000. It ultimately comes from the Old English bannan, meaning “to summon or proclaim.” It also has influences from the Old Norse banna, meaning “to curse,” which reflects the modern use of ban more closely.
Usually, ban describes something that is officially prohibited. This can be on multiple levels, such as a ban on nuclear weapons by world powers, a person being banned from a restaurant for poor behavior, a person being temporarily banned from an online service, or even banning certain items or words from large services or smaller establishments.
In religion, as with Christianity, a ban is the removal of someone from the faith (excommunication) on the grounds of religious laws.
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- bannable (adjective)
- banning (noun, verb)
- unbanned (adjective, verb)
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How is ban used in real life?
Ban is commonly used to discuss both administrative and more casual prohibitions.
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How to use ban in a sentence
To do so, governments need to boost the adoption of electric vehicles through clear tax incentives, diesel and petrol engine bans, and major infrastructure investments.Use today’s tech solutions to meet the climate crisis and do it profitably|Walter Thompson|February 12, 2021|TechCrunch
If such a ban is not possible, steps should be taken to improve air circulation, the study said.Airports have taken steps to reduce coronavirus transmission but risks still remain, study says|Lori Aratani|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
The ban will apply to plastics that are designed to be used once and then discarded — water bottles, cutlery, candy wrappers and bags — that clog local waterways and overwhelm landfills, LeBlanc said.George Washington University commits to single-use-plastic ban|Lauren Lumpkin|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
Iowa’s House speaker said he can’t make lawmakers wear masks — but he did enforce a ban on jeansRep.The governor of Iowa lifted coronavirus restrictions. These cities are keeping them anyway.|Paulina Villegas|February 8, 2021|Washington Post
To get the space off right, Smith set up the pop-up in a matter of days, installing everything from the electric lines to blow-up snowmen to ensure the igloos would be ready for the deep winter chill and the temporary complete ban on indoor dining.
If the Israel model ban were directed towards disordered eating, Ravin says she would support it whole-heartedly.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But in 1969, a longstanding practice was challenged—its ban on women.
A ban on the ringing of church bells, lifted in 1941, was reimposed.Remembering the Russian Priest Who Fought the Orthodox Church|Cathy Young|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Aside from a blanket ban, social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit are nearly impossible to control.
Or are the risks so great that a temporary ban is necessary?
We no longer live in an age when down-trodden laborers meet by candlelight with the ban of the law upon their meeting.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
Weary of their ungodliness the Church placed its ban upon them under this ban it seems they die.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
Even when Christianity fell under the ban of persecution that freedom of sepulture was not at first interfered with.The Catacombs of Rome|William Henry Withrow
For ten years Matthew and Mary lived happily together, or would have been happy if it had not been for the ban of the church.Bell's Cathedrals: A Short Account of Romsey Abbey|Thomas Perkins
"Aye ban tank we joost get it nice quiet van you come back again," Anderson remarked in mock melancholy.The Argus Pheasant|John Charles Beecham