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Definition of rebuke verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [often passive] rebuke somebody (for something/for doing something) (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rebuke
    he / she / it rebukes
    past simple rebuked
    -ing form rebuking
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  1. 1to speak severely to someone because they have done something wrong synonym reprimand
  2. 2 The company was publicly rebuked for having neglected safety procedures. She rebuked herself for her stupidity.
rebuke noun [countable, uncountable]
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He was silenced by her stinging rebuke. She answered with no hint of rebuke.