meaning of punish

1. 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 offenders amendment; to cause to suffer in retribution; to chasten; as, to punish traitors with death; a father punishes his child for willful disobedience.
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.
To injure, as by beating; to pommel.
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"

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