One entry found for punish.
Main Entry: punˇish
Function: verb 1: to cause to experience pain or suffering for having done wrong <punish criminals with imprisonment> 2: to inflict punishment for <punish misbehavior> 3: to deal with or handle severely or roughly <badly punished by an opponent> - punˇishˇable /--bl/ adjective - punˇishˇernoun synonymsPUNISH, DISCIPLINE mean to put a penalty on someone for doing wrong. PUNISH stresses giving some kind of pain or suffering to the wrongdoer rather than trying to reform the person <punished the burglars by sending them to prison>. DISCIPLINE suggests penalizing the wrongdoer but stresses the effort to bring the person under control <parents must discipline their children>.