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English definition of “punish”

punish

verb [T] uk   /ˈpʌn.ɪʃ/ us  

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.
See also
to punish anyone who commits a particular crime: Drunken driving can be punished with a prison sentence.

punish verb [T] (TREAT BADLY)

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