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punish

verb [T] uk   us   /ˈpʌn.ɪʃ/

punish verb [T] (CRIME)

B1 to cause someone who has done something wrong or committed a crime to suffer, by hurting them, forcing them to pay money, sending them to prison, etc.: Those responsible for these crimes must be brought to court and punished. He punished the class by giving them extra work. The oil company was found guilty on ten counts of pollution, and was punished with a $250 million fine.
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to punish anyone who commits a particular crime: Drunken driving can be punished with a prison sentence.
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punish verb [T] (TREAT BADLY)

to use or treat something badly, violently, or without care: He really punishes that horse of his.
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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