What does punish mean?

Definitions for punish
ˈpʌn ɪʃpun·ish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. punish, penalize, penaliseverb

    impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on

    "The students were penalized for showing up late for class"; "we had to punish the dog for soiling the floor again"

Wiktionary

  1. punishverb

    To cause to suffer for crime or misconduct, to administer disciplinary action.

    Etymology: From punischen, from punire, from poena; see pain.

  2. punishverb

    To cause great harm to. (a punishing blow)

    Etymology: From punischen, from punire, from poena; see pain.

  3. punishverb

    To dumb down severely or to the point of uselessness or near-uselessness.

    Etymology: From punischen, from punire, from poena; see pain.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Punishverb

    to impose a penalty upon; to afflict with pain, loss, or suffering for a crime or fault, either with or without a view to the offender's amendment; to cause to suffer in retribution; to chasten; as, to punish traitors with death; a father punishes his child for willful disobedience

  2. Punishverb

    to inflict a penalty for (an offense) upon the offender; to repay, as a fault, crime, etc., with pain or loss; as, to punish murder or treason with death

  3. Punishverb

    to injure, as by beating; to pommel

Freebase

  1. Punish

    Punish is a Technical-Death-Metal-Band from Switzerland, formed in 1996. The Band shared stage with international Bands like:Artillery, Atheist, Belphegor, Cannibal Corpse, Destruction, Exhumed, Hour of Penance and Illdisposed.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Punish

    pun′ish, v.t. to cause to pay a penalty: to cause loss or pain to a person for a fault or crime: (coll.) to handle or beat severely, maul: (coll.) to consume a large quantity of: to chasten.—ns. Punishabil′ity, Pun′ishableness.—adj. Pun′ishable, that may be punished—said both of persons and crimes.—ns. Pun′isher; Pun′ishment, act or process of punishing: loss or pain inflicted for a crime or fault: the consequences of a broken law.—adjs. Punitive (pū′ni-tiv), pertaining to punishment: inflicting punishment; Pū′nitory, punishing: tending to punishment. [Fr. punir, punis-sant—L. punīre, to punish—pœna, penalty.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'punish' in Verbs Frequency: #939

Anagrams for punish »

  1. push in, unship

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of punish in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of punish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of punish in a Sentence

  1. Sam Gedge:

    The Supreme Court recognized rightly that the excessive fines clause is a vital check on the government's power to punish people and strip them of their property.

  2. Russian President Vladimir Putin:

    We will find them anywhere on the planet and punish them.

  3. Claude Lévi-Strauss:

    Our system is the height of absurdity, since we treat the culprit both as a child, so as to have the right to punish him, and as an adult, in order to deny him consolation.

  4. The House managers:

    The First Amendment has no application in an impeachment proceeding, which does not seek to punish unlawful speech, but instead to protect the Nation from a President who violated his oath of office and abused the public trust.

  5. Sean Roberts:

    They have a kind of hubris about this, there's a level of confidence in having escaped a lot of criticism from the international community, a sense that nobody is actually going to punish us for this.

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