Definition of ostracize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ostracize

 verb
(British English also -ise)verb
BrE BrE//ˈɒstrəsaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːstrəsaɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ostracize
BrE BrE//ˈɒstrəsaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːstrəsaɪz//
 
he / she / it ostracizes
BrE BrE//ˈɒstrəsaɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːstrəsaɪzɪz//
 
past simple ostracized
BrE BrE//ˈɒstrəsaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːstrəsaɪzd//
 
past participle ostracized
BrE BrE//ˈɒstrəsaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːstrəsaɪzd//
 
-ing form ostracizing
BrE BrE//ˈɒstrəsaɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːstrəsaɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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ostracize somebody (formal) to refuse to let somebody be a member of a social group; to refuse to meet or talk to somebody synonym shun He was ostracized by his colleagues for refusing to support the strike. The regime risks being ostracized by the international community. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Greek ostrakizein, from ostrakon ‘shell ’or‘ potsherd’ (a piece of ceramic material on which names were written in voting to banish unpopular citizens).
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