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ban

verb [T usually passive] uk   /bæn/ (-nn-) us  
B2 to forbid (= refuse to allow) something, especially officially: The film was banned (= the government prevented it from being shown) in several countries. [+ from + -ing verb] She was banned from driving for two years.
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ban

noun [C] uk   /bæn/ us  
B2 an official order that prevents something from happening: There should be a ban on talking loudly in cinemas.
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Translations of “ban”
in Korean -을 금지하다…
in Arabic يَحْظُر, يَمْنَع…
in French interdiction…
in Turkish resmen yasaklamak, men etmek…
in Italian vietare, bandire…
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指官方)禁止…
in Russian запрещать…
in Polish zabraniać, zakazywać…
in Spanish prohibición, veda…
in Portuguese proibir…
in German das Verbot…
in Catalan prohibir…
in Japanese ~を禁止する, 禁じる…
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指官方)禁止…
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