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English definition of “punish”

punish

verb [T]     /ˈpʌnɪʃ/
B1 to make someone suffer because they have done something bad: [often passive] They must be severely punished for these crimes.Punishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating
(Definition of punish verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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