Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

banish - definition and synonyms

 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb [transitive] banish pronunciation in British English /ˈbænɪʃ/
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theybanish
he/she/itbanishes
present participlebanishing
past tensebanished
past participlebanished
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    to officially order someone to leave a country or region as a punishment
    be banished to something: In the story, the king’s opponents are banished to the forest for 10 years.
    banish someone from something: The king had banished him from the land.
    1. a.
      often humorous to make someone go somewhere else
      be banished to something: Wine was poured and the children were banished to their rooms.
      be banished from something: Street vendors will be banished from the city streets unless they register with the council.
  2. 2
    to make someone stop thinking about something or stop having particular feelings
    banish something from something: The news of her pregnancy had banished all other thoughts from her mind.
  3. 3
    to get rid of something
    Our new cream can help banish acne and smooth away your wrinkles.

derived word

brinner

a meal served in the evening which consists of foods traditionally eaten at breakfast

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

troll factory

a company that pays its employees to write online comments in favour or against somebody or something posing as ordinary Internet users

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog