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

 

berate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//bɪˈreɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈreɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they berate
BrE BrE//bɪˈreɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈreɪt//
 
he / she / it berates
BrE BrE//bɪˈreɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈreɪts//
 
past simple berated
BrE BrE//bɪˈreɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈreɪtɪd//
 
past participle berated
BrE BrE//bɪˈreɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈreɪtɪd//
 
-ing form berating
BrE BrE//bɪˈreɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈreɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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berate somebody/yourself (formal) to criticize or speak angrily to somebody because you do not approve of something they have done She berated herself for being a bad mother. The minister was berated by angry demonstrators as he left the meeting. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from be- ‘thoroughly’ + rate ‘to scold someone angrily’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: berate