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verb [transitive] [often passive] punish pronunciation in British English /ˈpʌnɪʃ/
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present tense
present participlepunishing
past tensepunished
past participlepunished
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  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.
    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.
    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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