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admonish (verb) to warn; to rebuke.
When you tell someone firmly that you don't like what they have done, you admonish them. A teacher admonishes their pupils for their noisy behavior in class or for wasting time. A father may admonish his children for using bad language in presence of elders.
- Children's behavior does improve, but not always because their parents or teachers admonish them.
- Their frequent misbehavior forced even their affectionate father to admonish them severely.