WOTW: ban

| - Tim Lake |

triplo word of the week - ban

“Ban” is a verb and a noun, that have the same meaning. We use it when we talk about rules. Let’s take a look.


The meaning of the verb “ban” is to prohibit or to stop, usually officially, from action, display, sale, entrance and so on.


+ The government banned smoking in public places.

+ He was banned from athletics for life for using drugs.

+ There is a vote to ban further sales of petrol only cars after 2030 next week.

+ Alcohol is banned in Shinjukugyoen.

+ They want to ban the trade in pet turtles.


The meaning of the noun “ban” is the same. It is an official prohibition, a law or rule to stop doing something.


+ He was given a three-match ban.

+ The ban came into effect last night.

+ The ban applies to all single use plastics.

+ Apart from a blanket ban, it is almost impossible to control social media.

+ The company imposed an overtime ban after several employees slept in the office.


The pronunciation is / bæn /.


This word is in the New General Service List, a list of the 3,000 most common words in English communication. You can get the full list on our website by clicking here.


この単語は、英語で最もよく使われる3,000の単語のリストであるNew General Service Listからのものです。完全なリストはこちらから。



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