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

 

castigate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈkæstɪɡeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæstɪɡeɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they castigate
BrE BrE//ˈkæstɪɡeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæstɪɡeɪt//
 
he / she / it castigates
BrE BrE//ˈkæstɪɡeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæstɪɡeɪts//
 
past simple castigated
BrE BrE//ˈkæstɪɡeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæstɪɡeɪtɪd//
 
past participle castigated
BrE BrE//ˈkæstɪɡeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæstɪɡeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form castigating
BrE BrE//ˈkæstɪɡeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæstɪɡeɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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castigate somebody/something/yourself (for something) (formal) to criticize somebody/something/yourself severely He castigated himself for being so stupid. The minister castigated schools for falling standards in education. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Latin castigare ‘reprove’, from castus ‘pure, chaste’.
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