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

 

rebuke

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verb
BrE BrE//rɪˈbjuːk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈbjuːk//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rebuke
BrE BrE//rɪˈbjuːk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈbjuːk//
 
he / she / it rebukes
BrE BrE//rɪˈbjuːks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈbjuːks//
 
past simple rebuked
BrE BrE//rɪˈbjuːkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈbjuːkt//
 
past participle rebuked
BrE BrE//rɪˈbjuːkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈbjuːkt//
 
-ing form rebuking
BrE BrE//rɪˈbjuːkɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈbjuːkɪŋ//
 
 
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[often passive] rebuke somebody (for something/for doing something) (formal) to speak severely to somebody because they have done something wrong synonym reprimand The company was publicly rebuked for having neglected safety procedures. She rebuked herself for her stupidity. Word Origin Middle English (originally in the sense ‘force back, repress’): from Anglo-Norman French and Old Northern French rebuker, from re- ‘back, down’ + bukier ‘to beat’ (originally ‘cut down wood’, from Old French busche ‘log’).

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