transitive verb. 1 : to correct by punishment or suffering : discipline If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men — 2 Samuel 7: 14 (King James Version) also : purify. 2a : to prune (something, such as a work or style of art) of excess, pretense, or falsity : refine.
How do you pronounce the name chasten?
Do you pronounce the L in Rudolph?
Everybody pretty much pronounces it the same in regular conversation. However–in music it is commonly pronounced “babe-eh”. The proper pronounciation would feature an “L” sound–but in music–not everything has to be properly pronounced.
How is our pronounced?
According to the dictionary, our should be pronounced like “oww-er”. But don’t be surprised to hear it pronounced like “arrr”. In American English, it is usually acceptable to say it either way. The possessive pronoun form of our is ours.
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