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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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This is t' way on 't:- up at sun-down: dice, brandy, cloised shutters, und can'le-light till next day at noon: then, t'fooil gangs banning und raving to his cham'er, makking dacent fowks dig thur fingers i' thur lugs fur varry shame; un' the knave, why he can caint his brass, un' ate, un' sleep, un' off to his neighbour's to gossip wi' t' wife.
Too good for banning, and too bad for blessing, it reminds us of a tradition of the pagan mythology, in any attempt to settle its character.
The ownership of an island paradise from 1892 to 1919 would come at a fortuitous time for the Bannings. Throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, commodious seaside resorts offering long summer vacations for the wealthy in grand hotels and shorter stays for the middle class became popular vacation spots on both American coasts.
The Bannings capitalized on this promotional campaign and on the regional setting to create a retreat for the economically fortunate, where they could relax, socialize, and participate in the recreational activities of an accessible Pacific island that offered an abundance of opportunities to enjoy the good life.
To compete with tourist hotels on the southern California coastline and in the region's interior locations, the Bannings immediately set their sights on creating a new venue.
Contrary to the method employed by Shatto and a legion of his contemporary southern California real estate developers, the Bannings did not sell lots, but rather leased them--a policy that allowed them to control their property but irritated lessees who wanted to buy home and business sites.
Accommodations for island visitors ranged from the elegant Metropole and other hotels, to a few houses and cottages belonging to the Bannings and other residents, to tent cottages available for rent.
Among them was Phineas Banning (1830-1885) from Delaware.
At Wilmington, which he named after his eastern origins, Banning began southern California's first sustainable rail and carriage facilities.
Sitton describes how Banning's descendants became substantial land developers.
Despite the book's inflated title and excessive attention to Phineas Banning's descendants, this is a well-crafted volume.