- 1[usually passive] banish somebody (from…) (to…) to order somebody 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. See related entries: Types of punishment
- 2banish somebody/something (from something) to make somebody/something go away; to get rid of somebody/something The sight of food banished all other thoughts from my mind. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French baniss-, lengthened stem of banir; ultimately of Germanic origin and related to ban.Extra examples She tried to banish these thoughts from her mind. He pleaded with the Queen not to banish him. He was determined to banish all feelings of guilt. The servants were banished from the upstairs rooms.
BrE BrE//ˈbænɪʃ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbænɪʃ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they banish
BrE BrE//ˈbænɪʃ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbænɪʃ//he / she / it banishes
BrE BrE//ˈbænɪʃɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbænɪʃɪz//past simple banished
BrE BrE//ˈbænɪʃt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbænɪʃt//past participle banished
BrE BrE//ˈbænɪʃt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbænɪʃt//-ing form banishing
BrE BrE//ˈbænɪʃɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbænɪʃɪŋ//Types of punishment