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sentence

  
  ( sentences    plural & 3rd person present)   ( sentencing    present participle)   ( sentenced    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A sentence is a group of words which, when they are written down, begin with a capital letter and end with a full stop, question mark, or exclamation mark. Most sentences contain a subject and a verb.  
2       n-var   In a law court, a sentence is the punishment that a person receives after they have been found guilty of a crime.  
They are already serving prison sentences for their part in the assassination..., He was given a four-year sentence..., The offences carry a maximum sentence of 10 years., ...demands for tougher sentences..., The court is expected to pass sentence later today.     
    death sentence  
    life sentence  
    suspended sentence  
3       verb   When a judge sentences someone, he or she states in court what their punishment will be.  
A military court sentenced him to death in his absence...      V n to n  
He has admitted the charge and will be sentenced later.      be V-ed  


death sentence        ( death sentences    plural  ) A death sentence is a punishment of death given by a judge to someone who has been found guilty of a serious crime such as murder.      n-count  
His original death sentence was commuted to life in prison.     
life sentence        ( life sentences    plural  ) If someone receives a life sentence, they are sentenced to stay in prison for the rest of their life, or for a very long period of time.      n-count  
Some were serving life sentences for murder.     
sentence adverb        ( sentence adverbs    plural  ) Adverbs such as `fortunately' and `perhaps' which apply to the whole clause, rather than to part of it, are sometimes called sentence adverbs.      n-count  
suspended sentence        ( suspended sentences    plural  ) If a criminal is given a suspended sentence, they are given a prison sentence which they have to serve if they commit another crime within a specified period of time.      n-count  
John was given a four-month suspended sentence.     
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adv.
A formal word that is put in the beginning of sentence that has a similar meaning to furthermore, therefore, and from now on
I like ice-cream; Hence, I have lots of ice-cream cups in my fridge
n.
1:to utter taunting words 2:to deride or tease with taunting words 'The Gridiron Show group joked with and gibed at those in the Memphis power structure, politicians mostly. Rarely did anyone get their feelings hurt by the skits in the shows…." — Toby Sells, Memphis Magazine, December 2014
adj.
with a complex structure; difficult to approach; multiple problems generator
n.
act of covering an object, such as a tree, house, or another structure with toilet paper
Syn.: TP'ing
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