ban

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.

Primary Meanings of ban

1.
vn
prohibit especially by legal means or social pressure
an official prohibition or edict against something
2.
n
100 bani equal 1 leu in Moldova
3.
n
100 bani equal 1 leu in Romania
Full Definitions of ban
1

v prohibit especially by legal means or social pressure

“Smoking is banned in this building”
Type of:
disallow, forbid, interdict, nix, prohibit, proscribe, veto
command against

v forbid the public distribution of ( a movie or a newspaper)

Synonyms:
censor
Types:
embargo
ban the publication of (documents), as for security or copyright reasons
Type of:
criminalise, criminalize, illegalise, illegalize, outlaw
declare illegal; outlaw

v expel from a community or group

Synonyms:
banish, blackball, cast out, ostracise, ostracize, shun
Type of:
expel, kick out, throw out
force to leave or move out

v ban from a place of residence, as for punishment

Synonyms:
banish
Types:
rusticate
send to the country
Type of:
expel, kick out, throw out
force to leave or move out

n an official prohibition or edict against something

Synonyms:
banning, forbiddance, forbidding
Types:
test ban
a ban on the testing of nuclear weapons that is mutually agreed to by countries that possess nuclear weapons
Type of:
prohibition
refusal to approve or assent to

n a decree that prohibits something

Synonyms:
prohibition, proscription
Types:
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banning-order
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)
2

n 100 bani equal 1 leu in Moldova

Type of:
Moldovan monetary unit
monetary unit in Moldova
3

n 100 bani equal 1 leu in Romania

Type of:
Romanian monetary unit
monetary unit in Romania

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