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Definition of banish verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they banish
    he / she / it banishes
    past simple banished
    -ing form banishing
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  1. 1[usually passive] banish somebody (from…) (to…) to order someone to leave a place, especially a country, as a punishment synonym exile He was banished to Australia, where he died five years later. The children were banished from the dining room.
  2. 2banish somebody/something (from something) to make someone or something go away; to get rid of someone or something The sight of food banished all other thoughts from my mind.
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