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verb [transitive] banish pronunciation in American English /ˈbænɪʃ/
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present tense
present participlebanishing
past tensebanished
past participlebanished
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  1. 1
    to officially order someone to leave a country or region as a punishment
    banish someone from something: The king had banished him from the land.
    be banished to something: In the story, the king’s opponents are banished to the forest for 10 years.
    1. a.
      often humorous to make someone go somewhere else
      be banished from something: Street vendors will be banished from the city sidewalks unless they are licensed.
      be banished to something: Wine was poured and the children were banished to their rooms.
  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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