punishverb [T]uk us /ˈpʌn.ɪʃ/
punish verb [T] (CRIME)
- Even minor infringements of the law will be severely punished.
- Instead of simply punishing them, the system encourages offenders to modify their behaviour.
- He said that when he was a boy, his father used to take a stick to him to punish him.
- They were punished by being made to stand out in the cold.
- She was punished for smoking on school premises.
punish verb [T] (TREAT BADLY)