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UK [ˈpʌnɪʃ] / US verb [transitive, often passive]
Word forms "punish":
present tense I/you/we/they punish he/she/it punishes present participle punishing past tense punished past participle punished
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.

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.

b) to give a punishment to anyone who has committed a particular action

The government is determined to punish drug trafficking.


English dictionary. 2014.

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