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banish

verb [T]     /ˈbæn.ɪʃ/
to send someone away, especially from their country, and not allow them to come back: He was banished to an uninhabited island for a year. They were banished (= sent out) from the library for making a noise.Punishing someone by sending them somewhere elseEvicting and forcing to leave to get rid of something completely: Try to banish all thoughts of revenge from your mind.Removing and getting rid of thingsTaking things away from someone or somewhere banishment     /-mənt/ noun [U] Punishing someone by sending them somewhere elseEvicting and forcing to leave
(Definition of banish verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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