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Definition of chasten verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[often passive] chasten somebody (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they chasten
he / she / it chastens
past simple chastened
-ing form chastening
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to make someone feel sorry for something they have done He felt suitably chastened and apologized. She gave them a chastening lecture. It was a chastening experience.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: chasten