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verb [transitive]     banish pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebanishing
past tensebanished
past participlebanished
  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.

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