Pronunciation: (pun'ish), [key]
1. to subject to pain, loss, confinement, death, etc., as a penalty for some offense, transgression, or fault: to punish a criminal.
2. to inflict a penalty for (an offense, fault, etc.): to punish theft.
3. to handle severely or roughly, as in a fight.
4. to put to painful exertion, as a horse in racing.
5. Informal.to make a heavy inroad on; deplete: to punish a quart of whiskey.
to inflict punishment.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.