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“chasten” in British English

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chastenverb [ T usually passive ]

uk /ˈtʃeɪ.sən/ us /ˈtʃeɪ.sən/ formal

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.

(Definition of “chasten” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“chasten” in American English

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chastenverb [ T ]

us /ˈtʃeɪ·sən/

to make someone aware of failure or of having done something wrong:

The Celtics, after giving up a lead in the fourth quarter and losing the game, were a pretty chastened bunch afterwards.

(Definition of “chasten” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)