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Meaning & Definition of Punish in English





1. Impose a penalty on

  • Inflict punishment on
  • "The students were penalized for showing up late for class"
  • "We had to punish the dog for soiling the floor again"
  • punish
  • ,
  • penalize
  • ,
  • penalise

Examples of using

We must punish him severely.
Parents punish their children for misbehavior.
They sought to punish him for his crime but he escaped.