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berate

[ bih-reyt ]
/ bɪˈreɪt /
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verb (used with object), be·rat·ed, be·rat·ing.
to scold; rebuke: He berated them in public.
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Origin of berate

First recorded in 1540–50; be- + rate2
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British Dictionary definitions for berate

berate
/ (bɪˈreɪt) /

verb
(tr) to scold harshly
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