[ noun, transitive verb ]
1. (tr. v.) to reprove or express sharp, stern disapproval of
2. (tr. v.) to reprimand or admonish
3. (tr. v.) check or repress
4. (n.) a sharp, stern disapproval or a reprimand
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
The teacher rebuked the children who did not complete their homework assignment.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
The rebuke comes after China warned that Washington risked damaging US-China relations if it went ahead with the meeting, however analysts said the China's carefully calibrated response indicated that Beijing was not going to overreact.