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verb [transitive]     condemn pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecondemning
past tensecondemned
past participlecondemned
  1. 1
    to say publicly that you think someone or something is bad or wrong
    condemn someone/something as something:

    The mayor condemned the proposal as “very damaging.”

    condemn someone for (doing) something:

    He was widely condemned for his behavior after the match.

    strongly/roundly condemn:

    The statement was roundly condemned by members of the teacher’s union.

  2. 2
    [often passive] to give a punishment to someone who has committed a crime

    Both men have been condemned to life imprisonment.

  3. 3
    to order something such as a building or machine to be destroyed because it is not safe
  4. 4
    if something condemns you to an unpleasant situation, it forces you to experience it

    The late goal condemned the MetroStars to their first defeat since March.


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