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Meaning of 'sentence' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Sentence [ n.]
- Sense; meaning; significance.
- An opinion; a decision; a determination; a judgment, especially one of an unfavorable nature.
- A philosophical or theological opinion; a dogma; as, Summary of the Sentences; Book of the Sentences.
- In civil and admiralty law, the judgment of a court pronounced in a cause; in criminal and ecclesiastical courts, a judgment passed on a criminal by a court or judge; condemnation pronounced by a judgical tribunal; doom. In common law, the term is exclusively used to denote the judgment in criminal cases.
- A short saying, usually containing moral instruction; a maxim; an axiom; a saw.
- A combination of words which is complete as expressing a thought, and in writing is marked at the close by a period, or full point. See Proposition, 4.
2 . Sentence [ v. t.]
- To pass or pronounce judgment upon; to doom; to condemn to punishment; to prescribe the punishment of.
- To decree or announce as a sentence.
- To utter sententiously.

Meaning of 'sentence' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . sentence [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a language
Example in sentence:
  • he always spoke in grammatical sentences
Meaning (2):
- the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned
Example in sentence:
  • he is doing time in the county jail;
  • he served a prison term of 15 months;
  • his sentence was 5 to 10 years
Meaning (3):
- (criminal law) a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed
Example in sentence:
  • the conviction came as no surprise
4 . sentence [ v]
Meaning (4):
- pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law
Example in sentence:
  • He was condemned to ten years in prison