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mete (verb) (old use) allot, distribute; give punishment or cause suffering.

When you mete out you deal, distribute, or allot. More often, however, the word is used in the sense of giving punishment or judgment, or causing suffering to someone. Justice is meted out to someone if the judgment given ensures justice to the good and punishment to the bad. Punishment is meted out if punishment is given to someone.

  • The punishment meted out to the criminals, it was felt by most of the people, was too severe, in view of their old age.
  • The committee reported that the violence meted out to the prisoners by the guards was inhuman, and that the guards should be punished.
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