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English definition of “ban”

ban

verb [T]     /bæn/ (-nn-)
to say officially that something is not allowed, or that someone is not allowed to do something: The law bans the import of ivory into the country.ban sb/sth from doing sth A number of airlines were banned from operating to the UK.
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