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punish

verb [T]  /ˈpʌn·ɪʃ/ us  
to cause people who have done something wrong or committed a crime to suffer by making them do something they don’t want to do or sending them to prison: She was punished for being late to school.
punishable
adjective  /ˈpʌn·ɪ·ʃə·bəl/ us  
Swimming in the Potomac is punishable by a fine.
punishment
noun [C/U]  /ˈpʌn·ɪʃ·mənt/ us  
[C] Serving your community is seen as a punishment these days.
(Definition of punish from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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