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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ex·com·mu·ni·cate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Excommunicated p. pr. & vb. n. Excommunicating ]
 1. To put out of communion; especially, to cut off, or shut out, from communion with the church, by an ecclesiastical sentence.
 2. To lay under the ban of the church; to interdict.
    Martin the Fifth . . . was the first that excommunicated the reading of heretical books.   --Miltin.