To impose a penalty upon; to afflict with pain, loss, or suffering for a crime or fault, either with or without a view to the offender's amendment; to cause to suffer in retribution; to chasten; as, to punish traitors with death; a father punishes his child for willful disobedience.
- To subject to a penalty for an offense, sin, or fault.
- To inflict a penalty for (an offense).
- To handle roughly; hurt: My boots were punished by our long trek through the desert.
- To exact or mete out punishment.