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

      

    ban

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    verb
    BrE BrE//bæn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bæn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ban
    BrE BrE//bæn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bæn//
     
    he / she / it bans
    BrE BrE//bænz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bænz//
     
    past simple banned
    BrE BrE//bænd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bænd//
     
    past participle banned
    BrE BrE//bænd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bænd//
     
    -ing form banning
    BrE BrE//ˈbænɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbænɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  ban something to decide or say officially that something is not allowed synonym prohibit Chemical weapons are banned internationally. a campaign to ban smoking in public places
  2. 2  [usually passive] to order somebody not to do something, go somewhere, etc., especially officially ban somebody from something He was banned from the meeting. ban somebody from doing something She's been banned from leaving Greece while the allegations are investigated. (British English) He was banned from driving for six months.
  3. Word Origin Old English bannan ‘summon by a public proclamation’, of Germanic origin, reinforced by Old Norse banna ‘curse, prohibit’; the noun is partly from Old French ban ‘proclamation, summons, banishment’.Extra examples Congress has voted to ban online gambling. He has been banned from driving for a year. MPs voted to ban hunting with dogs. The weightlifter was banned from the Olympics for failing a drugs test. a move to ban cigarette adverts a move to ban tobacco advertising He claimed that the government had tried to ban the book. She’s been banned from leaving the country while the allegations are investigated. The sprinter has been banned for life after failing a drugs test. There are plans to ban smoking in public places. Trade in tiger products is banned under the convention.
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