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English verb: punish

1. punish (social) impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on

SamplesThe students were penalized for showing up late for class.
We had to punish the dog for soiling the floor again.

Synonymspenalise, penalize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)amerce, avenge, castigate, correct, discipline, execute, pillory, put to death, retaliate, revenge, scourge, sort out, tar-and-feather, victimise, victimize

Entailapproximate, estimate, gauge, guess, judge

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