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noun punishment pronunciation in British English /ˈpʌnɪʃmənt/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a way in which someone is punished
    He had to clean up the mess as a punishment.
    punishment for: A 1994 law increased punishments for overloaded trucks.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] the process of punishing someone, or of being punished
    He has cheated people and escaped punishment.
  3. 3
    [uncountable] rough treatment that a person or thing suffers
    A hire car has to take a lot of punishment.


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