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Definitions of punish

  1. To afilict with pain, loss, of calamity for a crime or fault; to chastise; to chasten; to inflict a penalty. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To deal with roughly or harshly; - chiefly used with regard to a contest; as, our troops punished the enemy. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To cause loss or pain to as a penalty for a crime or fault; correct; colloquially, to handle roughly. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To exact a penalty: to cause loss or pain for a fault or crime: to chasten. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To inflict a penalty upon; requite with penalty; chastise; castigate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on; "The students were penalized for showing up late for class"; "we had to punish the dog for soiling the floor again" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. To impose a penalty upon; to afflict with pain, loss, or suffering for a crime or fault, either with or without a view to the offender's amendment; to cause to suffer in retribution; to chasten; as, to punish traitors with death; a father punishes his child for willful disobedience. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. To injure, as by beating; to pommel. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. To afflict with pain, suffering, loss, or any calamity, as a penalty for a fault or crime, or with a view to amendment; to correct; to chasten. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. Punisher. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.

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Usage examples for punish

  1. I asked the Doctor not to punish Tom Mercer, uncle. – Burr Junior by G. Manville Fenn
  2. I am afraid I shall have to punish her, and I don't like to do it." – Elsie Dinsmore by Martha Finley
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