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sentence

noun [C]  us   /ˈsen·təns/

sentence noun [C] (GRAMMAR)

grammar a group of words, usually containing a subject and a verb, expressing a statement, question, instruction, or exclamation, and, when written, starting with a capital letter and ending with a period or other mark: Your sentences are too long and complicated.

sentence noun [C] (PUNISHMENT)

a punishment given by a law court to a person or organization that is guilty of a crime: She served a three-year prison sentence.

sentence

verb [T]  us   /ˈsent·əns/
to officially state the punishment given by a law court to a guilty person or organization: He was sentenced to three years in jail and fined $40,000.
(Definition of sentence from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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