Main definitions of ban in English

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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Officially or legally prohibit (something):

    ‘parking is banned around the harbour in summer’
    • ‘In a landmark legal case, they have persuaded a court to issue an Anti-Social Behaviour Order, which bans her from their neighbourhood.’
    • ‘Soon after the council announced it could pedestrianise St Leonard's Place, a proposal to ban traffic along Fossgate is being favourably considered.’
    • ‘Cars were banned from the park all day in a bid to keep traffic disruption to a minimum.’
    • ‘As a result of this, the islanders are banned from fishing in their own waters.’
    • ‘The University was eager to point out that alcohol is banned from Oxford's streets.’
    • ‘One reason the hotel is so magically peaceful is that cars are banned from the mountain.’
    • ‘If they legally ban cloning research in order to prohibit progress on the research, I will fight to change the laws.’
    • ‘In addition, the proposal bans the broadcast of violent and pornographic materials between 6 am and 11 pm.’
    • ‘In a major policy change, the winter-use plan issued in 2000 proposed to ban snowmobiles from the park.’
    • ‘Grease is the word when it comes to the political debate sparked off by Labor's proposal to ban food and drink advertising on kids' TV.’
    • ‘Any car which fails to finish a stage is banned from competing in the rest of the race.’
    • ‘If all private cars were banned from zone one of London the city would be a better place.’
    • ‘Under the gagging order the media was banned from publishing anything he had to say.’
    • ‘Yellow lines banning evening parking in nine York city centre streets finally look set to be scrapped.’
    • ‘We therefore, demand that the internet be permanently banned from American homes.’
    • ‘It is baffling to me why anyone would want to create a monopoly, a power to censor and prohibit, and ban the reporting of open justice.’
    • ‘York tourism boats can continue to ply their trade, but rowers are banned from the river.’
    • ‘The pop star was then banned from Cuba on the orders of Fidel Castro, the president.’
    • ‘But proposals to ban daytime deliveries on some of Kendal's shopping streets have been greeted with outrage by shopkeepers, who fear they could be forced out of business.’
    • ‘The subject is banned from our interview because the case has still to come to court.’
    • ‘The UN issued a proposal Tuesday to ban single-hulled ships from carrying heavy oil in European Union waters.’
    prohibit, forbid, veto, proscribe, disallow, outlaw, make illegal, embargo, place an embargo on, bar, debar, block, stop, put a stop to, put an end to, suppress, interdict
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    1. 1.1 Officially prevent (someone) from doing something:
      ‘her son was banned for life from the Centre’
      • ‘He was jailed three times for repeatedly flouting a court order banning him from the estate.’
      • ‘Magistrates issued the ASBO which bans him from parts of Penhill estate and includes a curfew after hearing Liam led a gang of louts who terrorised residents.’
      • ‘The order also bans him from Woodhall Parade, Broomfield Parade and the area surrounding St John Payne School.’
      • ‘Foster was to plead his innocence and Carlyle has indicated that the club would appeal if he is banned.’
      • ‘Actually, with a new CD coming out in eight weeks, she might ride this puppy to the top of the charts, even if they ban her from the Grammies.’
      • ‘I was turning pro then anyway but I came home and there was talk about the pro game banning me as well.’
      • ‘To ban him presumably would be discrimination against people with bent arms.’
      • ‘The blood lab said they were banning me unless I come back with some new veins.’
      • ‘Part of his bail condition bans him from the Hoover Drive area.’
      • ‘Fourteen-year-old Megan declares that her dad is an embarrassment, and even bans him from her soccer games.’
      • ‘And he said, you know, I think they're trying to ban me for life.’
      • ‘More amusingly, he briefly attempted to ban me from the campaign after my latest efforts to pry answers out of his blandly evasive candidate.’
      • ‘The order bans him from the area around Broad Street between 7pm and 2am for the next two years.’
      • ‘The guard saw him leaving and told him not to come back because he was banned for life.’
      • ‘He said if he was banned for a year he would try to get a job to pay off his student loan until he was allowed back to his studies.’
      • ‘Can't we start a petition to ban him from his own movies?’
      • ‘He remembers a list of places from which he is banned and scurries away to retrieve it.’
      • ‘Mr Ross said his client would benefit from an order banning him from the town centre.’
      exclude, banish, expel, eject, evict, drive out, force out, oust, remove, get rid of, drum out, thrust out, push out, turn out
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noun

  • 1An official or legal prohibition:

    ‘a proposed ban on cigarette advertising’
    ‘a three-year driving ban’
    • ‘In the absence of these measures a legal ban on strike looks somewhat arbitrary.’
    • ‘On Sept.4, 1997, the city announced a ban on legal prostitution.’
    • ‘McConnell has taken advice from his legal team that a ban on public health grounds in Scotland is entirely within his powers.’
    • ‘The Times & Citizen leads with the report that the Oakley Hunt is vowing to continue despite the possibility of a legal ban on fox-hunting.’
    • ‘The government of Indian-administered Kashmir is to launch a legal challenge to a ban on the weaving and trading of the world's most expensive shahtoosh shawl.’
    • ‘Finally, a three-year ban on all sealing was recommended, the foundation of the moratorium approach to conservation of marine mammals.’
    • ‘American fighter pilots are routinely given amphetamines on combat missions to keep them awake, despite an official ban on the use of the drugs, the US Air Force has confirmed.’
    • ‘A legal ban on biotech research will have little effect on corporate profits, despite Sanders' rhetoric.’
    • ‘And its results fall far short of what most Dales residents and visitors want - namely, a complete legal ban on off-roading in the national park.’
    • ‘For this reason, and because of the potential hazards described in this article, a legal ban on the use of powdered latex gloves may occur.’
    • ‘Exceptional circumstances have allowed a man to escape a driving ban, despite admitting being almost twice the legal limit.’
    • ‘The legal challenge to the ban on same-sex marriage starts November 7.’
    • ‘Despite the official ban on direct trade with China, cross-strait trade soared into record territory, economics officials said yesterday.’
    • ‘The legal ban on building houses within 100 metres of the sea is now being enforced.’
    • ‘As well as the three-year driving ban and six-month curfew, the magistrates also ordered her to sit another test before getting her licence back.’
    • ‘Hunt supporters were today preparing a legal challenge to the ban on hunting which they claim will put more than 250 people out of work across Hampshire.’
    • ‘The prohibitions include a ban on trading and sleeping on the sidewalk, green areas, riverbanks and other public places.’
    • ‘The Senate is currently considering a legal ban on human cloning passed by the House of Representatives in July.’
    • ‘Already, a hotel chain and a sports club have mounted separate legal challenges to the ban.’
    • ‘The thaw in relations also removed a three-year ban on bilateral sporting events in October 2003.’
    prohibition, veto, proscription, embargo, bar, suppression, stoppage, interdict, interdiction, moratorium, injunction
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    1. 1.1 An official exclusion of a person from an organization, country, or activity:
      ‘a ban on dangerous jet-ski riders’
      • ‘He said it was a very well known fact that the penalty for dragging the association to the court of law was a life ban from all football activities organised under the auspices of FAZ.’
      • ‘But investor groups want an out-right ban on analysts participating in all investment banking activities.’
      • ‘It notes the evidence before the domestic courts to the effect that the European countries operating a blanket legal ban on homosexuals in their armed forces are now in a small minority.’
      exclusion, banishment, expulsion, ejection, eviction, removal
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    2. 1.2historical A sentence of outlawry:
      ‘the Presbyterians were under the ban of the law’
  • 2archaic A curse:

    ‘the land might be smitten by the ban which once fell upon the Canaanites’
    • ‘He said soccer fans were an integral part of the soccer revolution anywhere in the world and cited cases when teams had failed to perform well once a ban was imposed on them to play in an empty stadium.’
    • ‘Once enacted, the ban cannot be undone, even if the person has a change of heart, Severns said…’

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.

Pronunciation

ban

/ban/

Main definitions of ban in English

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noun

  • A monetary unit of Romania, equal to one hundredth of a leu.

    • ‘Bus, tram and trolleybus tickets cost 70 bani and can be purchased at any RATB kiosk.’
    • ‘The original cost charged was 50 bani per lamp.’
    • ‘It costs 50 bani, which is about 8 cents Australian.’
    • ‘If you want milk you have to ask for it and it costs extra (often 50 bani or 5000 old lei) and is usually a single creamer and not real milk.’

Origin

Romanian.

Pronunciation

ban

/bɑːn/