sentence

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Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
sentence

Plural
sentences

  1. In grammar, a sentence is a group of words that follow normal grammar rules, and that, in writing, begins with a capital letter and ends with a period '.', question mark '?', or exclamation mark '!'. Usually a sentence has a subject, verb, and object.
    The first sentence in the Jewish holy book is, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
  2. In law, a sentence is the punishment that a judge gives to a criminal.
    He received a 15-year sentence for the murder of his friend.

Verb[change]

Plain form
sentence

Third-person singular
sentences

Past tense
sentenced

Past participle
sentenced

Present participle
sentencing

  1. (transitive) If a judge sentences someone, they decide on a punishment for a crime.
    He was sentenced to 15 years in jail for the murder of his friend.