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1 a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a language; "he always spoke in grammatical sentences"
2 (criminal law) a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed; "the conviction came as no surprise" [syn: conviction, judgment of conviction, condemnation] [ant: acquittal]
3 the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned; "he served a prison term of 15 months"; "his sentence was 5 to 10 years"; "he is doing time in the county jail" [syn: prison term, time] v : pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law; "He was condemned to ten years in prison" [syn: condemn, doom]

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  • /ˈsɛntəns/, /"sEnt@ns/
  • Hyphenation: sen·tence


  1. A grammatically complete series of words consisting of a subject and predicate, even if one or the other is implied, and typically beginning with a capital letter and ending with a full stop.
    The children were made to construct sentences consisting of nouns and verbs from the list on the chalkboard.
  2. The decision of a jury; a verdict.
    The jury returned a sentence of guilt in the first charge, but innocence in the second.
  3. An unfavorable sentence(2): a conviction.
    The prisoner was scheduled for execution as all appeals of his sentence had been denied.
  4. The punishment imposed on a person convicted of a crime.
    The judge declared a sentence of death by hanging for the infamous cattle rustler.


grammatically complete series of words consisting of a subject and predicate
  • Arabic: (júmla)
  • Armenian: նախադասություն (naχadasut῾yun)
  • Bulgarian: изречение
  • Chinese: 句子 (jùzǐ)
  • Czech: věta
  • Dutch: zin
  • Esperanto: frazo
  • Estonian: lause
  • Finnish: lause, virke
  • French: phrase
  • German: Satz
  • Hungarian: mondat
  • Indonesian: kalimat
  • Interlingua: phrase
  • Irish: abairt
  • Italian: frase
  • Japanese: (ぶん, bun)
  • Korean: 문장 (munjang)
  • Kurdish: hevok
  • Malay: ayat
  • Polish: zdanie
  • Portuguese: frase
  • Romanian: propoziţie
  • Russian: предложение, фраза
  • Slovak: veta
  • Slovene: stavek
  • Spanish: frase
  • Swedish: fras, mening
  • Telugu: వాక్యము (vaakyamu)
decision of a jury
  • Arabic:
  • Bulgarian: присъда
  • Chinese: 判刑 (pànxíng)
  • Czech: rozsudek
  • Dutch: vonnis, uitspraak
  • Estonian: kohtuotsus
  • Finnish: tuomio
  • French: jugement
  • German: Urteil
  • Hungarian: ítélet
  • Interlingua: sententia
  • Italian: condanna
  • Japanese: 判決 (はんけつ, hanketsu)
  • Korean: 판결 (pangyeol)
  • Portuguese: sentença
  • Romanian: sentinţă
  • Russian: приговор (prigovór)
  • Slovak: rozsudok
  • Spanish: sentencia
  • Swedish: dom
punishment imposed on a person convicted of a crime


  1. To declare a sentence on a convicted person.
    The judge sentenced the embezzler to ten years in prison, along with a hefty fine.


declare a sentence on a convicted person

Extensive Definition

Sentence commonly refers to a grammatical unit of language.
Sentence may also refer to:
sentence in Danish: Sætning
sentence in German: Satz
sentence in Esperanto: Frazo
sentence in Sundanese: Pindah
sentence in Swedish: Sats
sentence in Ukrainian: Речення

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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