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.

  2. punishverb

    To cause great harm to. (a punishing blow)

  3. punishverb

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

  4. 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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    Song lyrics by punish -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by punish on the Lyrics.com website.

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. Maciej Szpunar:

    Member states may prohibit and punish, as a matter of criminal law, the illegal exercise of transport activities in the context of the UberPOP service, without notifying the Commission of the draft law in advance.

  2. Michael Tan:

    This ruling means the Trump administration cannot use indefinite detention as a weapon to punish and deter asylum seekers.

  3. Steve Prefontaine:

    A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more. Nobody is going to win a 5,000 meter race after running an easy 2 miles. Not with me. If I lose forcing the pace all the way, well, at least I can live with myself.

  4. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri:

    I don't think anybody can punish these parents any more than what they've been punished, this is something they will carry with them and live with the rest of their lives.

  5. Shasta Groene:

    It felt weird being in a house with my dad and his girlfriend with none of my brothers, i was just so alone. He was a truck driver, so it was very seldom that we saw him. But that’s how he paid the bills. I also became really sensitive about my weight and the things that I ate. I think it was a way to punish Shasta Groene. I developed an eating disorder at a very young age. If I ate, I made Shasta Groene throw up. I then started self-harming. I was hiding a lot from my dad. And then he got throat cancer. He almost died from it. So much has happened that I never fully got to heal.

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