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English definition of “sentence”

sentence

noun [C] (PUNISHMENT)    /ˈsen.təns/
B2 a punishment given by a judge in court to a person or organization after they have been found guilty of doing something wrong: He got a heavy/light sentence (= he was severely/not severely punished). The offence carries a jail/prison/life/five-year sentence. He was given a non-custodial/suspended sentence.Punishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating pronounce sentence (of a judge) to say officially what a punishment will be: The judge will pronounce sentence on the defendant this afternoon.Judges and juries
(Definition of sentence noun (PUNISHMENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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