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

     

    chastise

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//tʃæˈstaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃæˈstaɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they chastise
    BrE BrE//tʃæˈstaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃæˈstaɪz//
     
    he / she / it chastises
    BrE BrE//tʃæˈstaɪzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃæˈstaɪzɪz//
     
    past simple chastised
    BrE BrE//tʃæˈstaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃæˈstaɪzd//
     
    past participle chastised
    BrE BrE//tʃæˈstaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃæˈstaɪzd//
     
    -ing form chastising
    BrE BrE//tʃæˈstaɪzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃæˈstaɪzɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1chastise somebody (for something/for doing something) (formal) to criticize somebody for doing something wrong He chastised the team for their lack of commitment.
  2. 2chastise somebody (old-fashioned) to punish somebody physically synonym beat Parents are no longer allowed to chastise their children as they did in the past.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: apparently formed irregularly from the obsolete verb chaste, from Old French chastier, from Latin castigare ‘castigate’, from castus ‘morally pure, chaste’.
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