Meaning of SENTENCE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ sentəns ]

( sentences, sentencing, sentenced)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


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.



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.


see also death sentence , life sentence , suspended sentence


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...

He has admitted the charge and will be sentenced later.

VERB : V n to n , be V-ed

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