verb pe·nal·ize \ˈpē-nə-ˌlīz, ˈpe-\

: to punish (someone or something) for breaking a rule or a law

: to give (someone) an unfair disadvantage


Full Definition of PENALIZE

transitive verb
:  to inflict a penalty on
:  to put at a serious disadvantage
pe·nal·i·za·tion \-nə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Examples of PENALIZE

  1. The company was penalized for not paying taxes.
  2. The hockey player was penalized for holding.
  3. This law would unfairly penalize immigrants.

First Known Use of PENALIZE


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PENALIZED Defined for Kids


verb pe·nal·ize \ˈpē-nə-ˌlīz, ˈpe-\

Definition of PENALIZE for Kids

:  to give a penalty to <You'll be penalized for cheating.>


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