Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “chasten”

See all translations

chasten

verb [T usually passive] uk   /ˈtʃeɪ.sən/ formal us  
to make someone understand that they have failed or done something wrong and make them want to improve: He was chastened by the defeat and determined to work harder.
Translations of “chasten”
in Spanish castigar, escarmentar…
in French chãtier…
in German strafen…
in Chinese (Traditional) 懲戒, 磨煉, 教訓…
in Russian пристыдить, наказать…
in Turkish gururunu kırmak, cezalandırmak, ıslah etmek…
in Chinese (Simplified) 惩戒, 磨炼, 教训…
in Polish nauczyć pokory…
(Definition of chasten from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of chasten?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “chasten” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

baby

a very young child, especially one that has not yet begun to walk or talk

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More