Other forms: banned; banning; bans; bani

The verb to ban means to forbid something from being or happening. The word can also be used as a noun. A school board might put a ban on all books that refer to Jefferson's mistress if they don't want anyone reading about her.

If your parents are upset by how much time you spend online, they might ban computers in the house. But if you're smart, you can just use your phone or laptop at school. To ban something is to put a ban on it. Something with a ban on it is said to be banned. A ban can vary from your grandmother's ban on people wearing shoes in her house to a government's ban on printing certain stories in the newspaper.

Definitions of ban
  1. verb
    prohibit especially by legal means or social pressure
    “Smoking is banned in this building”
  2. verb
    forbid the public distribution of ( a movie or a newspaper)
    synonyms: censor
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    ban the publication of (documents), as for security or copyright reasons
    type of:
    criminalise, criminalize, illegalise, illegalize, outlaw
    declare illegal; outlaw
  3. verb
    expel from a community or group
    synonyms: banish, blackball, cast out, ostracise, ostracize, shun
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    type of:
    expel, kick out, throw out
    force to leave or move out
  4. verb
    ban from a place of residence, as for punishment
    synonyms: banish
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    send to the country
    type of:
    expel, kick out, throw out
    force to leave or move out
  5. noun
    an official prohibition or edict against something
    synonyms: banning, forbiddance, forbidding
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    test ban
    a ban on the testing of nuclear weapons that is mutually agreed to by countries that possess nuclear weapons
    type of:
    refusal to approve or assent to
  6. noun
    a decree that prohibits something
    synonyms: prohibition, proscription
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    an order that bans something
    cease and desist order, enjoining, enjoinment, injunction
    (law) a judicial remedy issued in order to prohibit a party from doing or continuing to do a certain activity
    interdict, interdiction
    a court order prohibiting a party from doing a certain activity
    mandatory injunction
    injunction requiring the performance of some specific act
    final injunction, permanent injunction
    injunction issued on completion of a trial
    interlocutory injunction, temporary injunction
    injunction issued during a trial to maintain the status quo or preserve the subject matter of the litigation until the trial is over
    type of:
    decree, edict, fiat, order, rescript
    a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)
Definitions of ban
  1. noun
    100 bani equal 1 leu in Moldova
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    type of:
    Moldovan monetary unit
    monetary unit in Moldova
  2. noun
    100 bani equal 1 leu in Romania
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    type of:
    Romanian monetary unit
    monetary unit in Romania
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