Meaning of “punish” - Learner’s Dictionary

punish

verb [ T ] us uk /ˈpʌnɪʃ/
Extra Examples
He must be punished - it's a matter of principle.The judge only punished her with a fine.The guards have the power to punish prisoners for bad behaviour.The church punished people who opposed its teachings.It wouldn't be fair to punish him for the accident.

B1 to make someone suffer because they have done something bad:

[ often passive ] They must be severely punished for these crimes.

(Definition of “punish” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)