|—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]|
in South Africa, an administrative action by which publications, organizations, or assemblies could be outlawed and suppressed and individual persons could be placed under severe restrictions of their freedom of travel, association, and speech. Banning was an important tool in the South African government's suppression of those opposed to its policy of apartheid.
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