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ban 1

tr.v. banned, ban·ning, bans
a. To prohibit (an action) or forbid the use of (something), especially by official decree: banned smoking in theaters; banned pesticides in parks. See Synonyms at forbid.
b. To refuse to allow (someone) to do something, go somewhere, or be a participant; exclude: a coach who was banned from the sidelines for two games; a gambler who was banned from the club.
2. South African Under the former system of apartheid, to deprive (a person suspected of illegal activity) of the right of free movement and association with others.
3. Archaic To curse.
1. An excommunication or condemnation by church officials.
2. A prohibition imposed by law or official decree.
3. Censure, condemnation, or disapproval expressed especially by public opinion.
4. A summons to arms in feudal times.
5. Archaic A curse; an imprecation.

[Middle English bannen, to summon, banish, curse, from Old English bannan, to summon, and from Old Norse banna, to prohibit, curse; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]

ban 2

n. pl. ba·ni (bä′nē)
A unit of currency equal to 1/100 of the primary unit of currency in Romania and Moldova.

[Romanian, coin, coin of small worth, perhaps of Germanic origin and akin to Old High German ban, official proclamation, command (the original medieval Romanian coin being so called because coins were necessary to pay fines and feudal dues) and to Old English bannan, to summon; see ban1.]


the act or an instance of prohibiting or forbidding
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.banning - an official prohibition or edict against somethingbanning - an official prohibition or edict against something
prohibition - refusal to approve or assent to
test ban - a ban on the testing of nuclear weapons that is mutually agreed to by countries that possess nuclear weapons


[ˈbænɪŋ] n [activity, smoking, alcohol, advertising] → interdiction f
the banning of sth → l'interdiction de qch


nVerbot nt; the banning of cars from city centres (Brit) or centers (US) → das Fahrverbot in den Innenstädten; the banning of three athletes from the Olympic Gamesder Ausschluss dreier Teilnehmer von den Olympischen Spielen
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