from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To correct by punishment or reproof; take to task.
- transitive v. To restrain; subdue: chasten a proud spirit.
- transitive v. To rid of excess; refine or purify: chasten a careless writing style.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To punish (in order to bring about improvement in behavior, attitude, etc.); to restrain, moderate
- v. To make chaste; to purify.
- v. To punish or reprimand for the sake of improvement; to discipline.
- v. To render humble or restrained.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To correct by punishment; to inflict pain upon the purpose of reclaiming; to discipline.
- transitive v. To purify from errors or faults; to refine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To inflict pain, trouble, or affliction on for the purpose of reclaiming from evil; correct; chastise; punish: formerly of corporal punishment, but now, chiefly with a moral reference, of disciplinary affliction.
- To purify by discipline, as the taste; refine; make chaste: as, to chasten the imagination, the taste, or one's style.
- Synonyms Punish, etc. See chastise.
- n. See chesten.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. censure severely
- v. correct by punishment or discipline
- v. restrain
Alteration of obsolete chaste, from Middle English chasten, chastien, from Old French chastiier, from Latin castigāre; see castigate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
chaste + -en (Wiktionary)