Definitions for beratebɪˈreɪt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to scold; rebuke.
Origin of berate:
call on the carpet, take to task, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast(verb)
censure severely or angrily
"The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"
To chide or scold vehemently; to lecture or rate.
to rate or chide vehemently; to scold