ban

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verb (used with object), banned, ban·ning.

to prohibit, forbid, or bar; interdict: to ban nuclear weapons; The dictator banned all newspapers and books that criticized his regime.
Archaic.
  1. to pronounce an ecclesiastical curse upon.
  2. to curse; execrate.

noun


Nearby words

  1. bamboo network,
  2. bamboo shoots,
  3. bamboo turning,
  4. bamboo ware,
  5. bamboozle,
  6. ban-lon,
  7. ban-the-bomber,
  8. banaba,
  9. banaban,
  10. banach space

Origin of ban

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before 1000; Middle English bannen, Old English bannan to summon, proclaim; cognate with Old Norse banna to curse (probably influencing some senses of ME word), Old High German bannan; akin to Latin fārī to speak, Sanskrit bhanati (he) speaks

Related formsban·na·ble, adjectiveun·banned, adjective

Can be confusedband bannedbanns bans

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British Dictionary definitions for banned

ban

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verb bans, banning or banned

(tr) to prohibit, esp officially, from action, display, entrance, sale, etc; forbidto 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

noun

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

Word Origin for ban

Old English bannan to proclaim; compare Old Norse banna to forbid, Old High German bannan to command

ban

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noun

(in feudal England) the summoning of vassals to perform their military obligations

Word Origin for ban

C13: from Old French ban, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German ban command, Old Norse bann ban 1

ban

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noun plural bani (ˈbɑːnɪ)

a monetary unit of Romania and Moldova worth one hundredth of a leu

Word Origin for ban

from Romanian, from Serbo-Croat bān lord

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