punish-v; 1 Senses

Sense Number 1: impose a penalty upon

They were punished severely by the ecclesiastical and secular courts.
A teacher punished him by making him wear a sign and pick up litter.
In the early English colonies, laws were enacted which punished the crime by death.
The bill helps large corporations while punishing smaller businesses with union affiliations.

VerbNet: prosecute-33.2-1
FrameNet: Rewards_and_punishments
PropBank: punish.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1