|—vb , bans, banning, banned|
|1.||(tr) to prohibit, esp officially, from action, display, entrance, sale, etc; forbid: to ban a book; to ban smoking|
|2.||(tr) (formerly in South Africa) to place (a person suspected of illegal political activity) under a government order restricting his movement and his contact with other people|
|3.||archaic to curse|
|4.||an official prohibition or interdiction|
|5.||law an official proclamation or public notice, esp of prohibition|
|6.||a public proclamation or edict, esp of outlawry|
|7.||archaic public censure or condemnation|
|8.||archaic a curse; imprecation|
|[Old English bannan to proclaim; compare Old Norse banna to forbid, Old High German bannan to command]|
former Hungarian title denoting a governor of a military district (banat) and later designating a local representative of the Hungarian king in outlying possessions, e.g., Bosnia and Croatia. Originally a Persian word, ban was introduced into Europe by the Avars. The Kingdom of Yugoslavia, divided into banovine, or provinces, revived the title and office of ban in October 1929 and used it until the German-Italian invasion of April 1941.
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