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verb [transitive] [often passive] punish pronunciation in British English /ˈpʌnɪʃ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theypunish
he/she/itpunishes
present participlepunishing
past tensepunished
past participlepunished
  1. to make someone suffer because they have done something against the law or against the rules
    Anyone caught smoking on school premises will be punished.
    punish someone for (doing) something: He was punished for stealing.
    punish someone by something: People operating illegal businesses can be punished by imprisonment or a fine.
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    1. a.
      to make someone suffer as a result of something they have done
      We approached this task in the wrong way, and we were punished for it.
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    2. b.
      to give a punishment to anyone who has committed a particular action
      The government is determined to punish drug trafficking.
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