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Definition of admonish verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    admonish

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ədˈmɒnɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ədˈmɑːnɪʃ//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they admonish
    BrE BrE//ədˈmɒnɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ədˈmɑːnɪʃ//
     
    he / she / it admonishes
    BrE BrE//ədˈmɒnɪʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ədˈmɑːnɪʃɪz//
     
    past simple admonished
    BrE BrE//ədˈmɒnɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ədˈmɑːnɪʃt//
     
    past participle admonished
    BrE BrE//ədˈmɒnɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ədˈmɑːnɪʃt//
     
    -ing form admonishing
    BrE BrE//ədˈmɒnɪʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ədˈmɑːnɪʃɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1admonish somebody (for something/for doing something) | + speech to tell somebody firmly that you do not approve of something that they have done synonym reprove She was admonished for chewing gum in class.
  2. 2admonish somebody (to do something) to strongly advise somebody to do something A warning voice admonished him not to let this happen.
  3. Word Origin Middle English amonest ‘urge, exhort’, from Old French amonester, based on Latin admonere ‘urge by warning’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: admonish