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penalize

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

pe·nal·izedpe·nal·iz·ing

Full Definition of PENALIZE

transitive verb
1
:  to inflict a penalty on
2
:  to put at a serious disadvantage
pe·nal·i·za·tion \-nə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
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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

1868

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PENALIZED Defined for Kids

penalize

verb pe·nal·ize \ˈpē-nə-ˌlīz, ˈpe-\
pe·nal·izedpe·nal·iz·ing

Definition of PENALIZE for Kids

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

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