Definition of sentence verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

sentence

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˈsɛntns//
 
[often passive]sentence somebody (to something)sentence somebody to do somethingVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sentence
 
he / she / it sentences
 
past simple sentenced
 
-ing form sentencing
 
 
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to say officially in court that someone is to receive a particular punishment to be sentenced to death/life imprisonment/three years in prison
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