Meaning of inflict

in•flict

Pronunciation: (in-flikt'), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to impose as something that must be borne or suffered: to inflict punishment.
  2. to impose (anything unwelcome): The regime inflicted burdensome taxes on the people.
  3. to deal or deliver, as a blow.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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