to prohibit, forbid, or bar; interdict: to ban nuclear weapons;The dictator banned all newspapers and books that criticized his regime.
to pronounce an ecclesiastical curse upon.
to curse; execrate.
- ban·na·ble, adjective
- un·banned, adjective
- banns, bans
Other definitions for ban (2 of 4)
a public proclamation or edict.
bans, Ecclesiastical. banns.
(in the feudal system)
the summoning of the sovereign's vassals for military service.
the body of vassals summoned.
Other definitions for ban (3 of 4)
(formerly) the governor of Croatia and Slavonia.
History/Historical. a provincial governor of the southern marches of Hungary.
Other definitions for ban (4 of 4)
a Romanian coin, one 100th of a leu.
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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 | THE 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 | THE 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
British Dictionary definitions for ban (1 of 3)
(tr) to prohibit, esp officially, from action, display, entrance, sale, etc; forbid: to ban a book; to ban smoking
(tr) (formerly in South Africa) to place (a person suspected of illegal political activity) under a government order restricting his movement and his contact with other people
archaic to curse
an official prohibition or interdiction
law an official proclamation or public notice, esp of prohibition
a public proclamation or edict, esp of outlawry
archaic public censure or condemnation
archaic a curse; imprecation
British Dictionary definitions for ban (2 of 3)
(in feudal England) the summoning of vassals to perform their military obligations
British Dictionary definitions for ban (3 of 3)
a monetary unit of Romania and Moldova worth one hundredth of a leu
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