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To penalize someone for wrongdoing
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“When a child grabs a pencil from another child, an adult can punish the child by taking playtime away from him.”
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To beat or physically assault someone as punishment
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“She might also physically punish him for having needs, to stop him from crying and irritating her.”
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To hurt or treat harshly
Punish them by taking away their government handouts.”
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To capitalize on (an opponent's mistake or weakness), especially in sport
“I would be patient and move him to his forehand side, then punish his backhand side whenever I had the window of opportunity.”
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To be unfair to, or to put at a disadvantage
“A lack of donations will only punish the poor, primarily the children.”
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To criticize or express strong disapproval of
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To seek vengeance or retribution (from someone)
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To cause anguish or distress to
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To retaliate or get revenge
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To deliver a loud, hard scolding or lecture to
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To discipline (one's body, appetites etc) by suppressing desires
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To work arduously in pursuit of an aim or goal
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To annoy or harass, especially in an unkind or bothersome way
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To cause physical pain to
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To cheat, deceive or defraud someone for personal gain
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To afflict or haunt with (harm)
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