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punish ~ (A) ~ hurt someone because they have not obeyed the rules. To hurt or to cause trouble for someone because they have done bad things. To hurt someone who has done wrong things, to teach them not to do wrong things again.
punish ~ (A) ~ to hurt someone for the wrong things that they have done. For example, a person who has killed another person must go to prison.
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