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punish

verb [T]  us   /ˈpʌn·ɪʃ/
to cause people who have done something wrong or committed a crime to suffer by making them do something they don’t want to do or sending them to prison: She was punished for being late to school.
punishable
adjective  us   /ˈpʌn·ɪ·ʃə·bəl/
Swimming in the Potomac is punishable by a fine.
punishment
noun [C/U]  us   /ˈpʌn·ɪʃ·mənt/
[C] Serving your community is seen as a punishment these days.
Translations of “punish”
in Arabic يُعاقِب…
in Korean 벌주다, 처벌하다…
in Malaysian menghukum…
in French punir…
in Turkish cezalandırmak, ceza vermek…
in Italian punire…
in Chinese (Traditional) 犯罪, 懲罰, 懲處(犯罪行為)…
in Russian наказывать…
in Polish karać…
in Vietnamese trừng phạt, phạt…
in Spanish castigar…
in Portuguese punir…
in Thai ลงอาญา, ลงโทษ…
in German bestrafen…
in Catalan castigar…
in Japanese ~を罰する, こらしめる, ~に罰を与える…
in Indonesian menghukum…
in Chinese (Simplified) 犯罪, 惩罚, 惩处(犯罪行为)…
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