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Definition of scold verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [transitive, intransitive] scold somebody (for something/for doing something) (+ speech) (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scold
    he / she / it scolds
    past simple scolded
    -ing form scolding
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  1. 1to speak angrily to someone, especially a child, because they have done something wrong synonym rebuke
  2. 2 He scolded them for arriving late.
noun [usually singular] Igot a scolding from my mother.
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