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Definition of chastise verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈtʃæstaɪz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they chastise
    he / she / it chastises
    past simple chastised
    -ing form chastising
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  1. 1chastise somebody (for something/for doing something) (formal) to criticize someone for doing something wrong He chastised the team for their lack of commitment.
  2. 2chastise somebody (old-fashioned) to punish someone physically synonym beat Parents are no longer allowed to chastise their children as they did in the past.
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noun [uncountable]
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