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verb [transitive]     condemn pronunciation in British English
/kənˈdem/
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present tense
I/you/we/theycondemn
he/she/itcondemns
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 minister condemned the proposal as ‘very damaging’.

    condemn someone for (doing) something:

    He was widely condemned for his behaviour after the match.

    strongly/roundly condemn:

    The statement was roundly condemned by members of the opposition party.

  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
    if something condemns you to an unpleasant situation, it forces you to experience it

    Peacock’s goal condemned United to their first defeat since March.

  4. 4
    to order something such as a building or machine to be destroyed because it is not safe
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