Ban definition

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A prohibition imposed by law or official decree.
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To prohibit, as by official order, from doing, using, appearing, happening, etc.; forbid; censor.

To ban fraternities, to ban a book.

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The definition of a ban is a ruling that forcibly stops something.

A historical example of a ban is Prohibition which stopped the legal sale of alcohol.

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An excommunication or condemnation by church officials.
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Censure, condemnation, or disapproval expressed especially by public opinion.
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To ban is defined as to stop people from doing something.

An example of ban is to allow no cigarette smoking in a restaurant.

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(archaic) To curse.
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To prohibit (an action) or forbid the use of (something), especially by official decree.

Banned smoking in theaters; banned pesticides in parks.

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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.

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A summons to arms in feudal times.
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(archaic) A curse; an imprecation.
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A unit of currency equal to1100 of the primary unit of currency in Romania and Moldova.
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A unit of currency equal to1100 of the primary unit of currency in Romania and Moldova.
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(archaic) To curse; condemn.
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In medieval times, a proclamation, esp. an official calling of vassals to arms.
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An excommunication or condemnation by church authorities.
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A curse.
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An official order forbidding something; prohibition.
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Strong public disapproval or condemnation intended to prevent something.
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A sentence or decree of outlawry.
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A monetary unit of Romania, equal to1100 of a leu.
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British Approved Name.
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(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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ban
Plural:
bani, bans

Origin of ban

  • 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 ban1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 ban1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English bannen to summon, banish, curse from Old English bannan to summon, and from Old Norse banna to prohibit, curse bhā-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition