penalize

verb
pe·​nal·​ize | \ ˈpē-nə-ˌlīz How to pronounce penalize (audio) , ˈpe- How to pronounce penalize (audio) \
penalized; penalizing

Definition of penalize

transitive verb

1 : to inflict a penalty on
2 : to put at a serious disadvantage

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Other Words from penalize

penalization \ ˈpē-​nə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce penalization (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for penalize

Synonyms

castigate, chasten, chastise, correct, discipline, punish

Antonyms

excuse, pardon, spare

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Examples of penalize in a Sentence

The company was penalized for not paying taxes. The hockey player was penalized for holding. This law would unfairly penalize immigrants.
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After Game 3, Blues coach Craig Berube griped over the number of whistles that went against his players (14) after St. Louis had been the least penalized team through the first three rounds of the postseason. Isabelle Khurshudyan, The Denver Post, "Stanley Cup Final shows there’s still room for “heavy” hockey in NHL," 4 June 2019 After Game 3, Blues coach Craig Berube griped over the number of whistles that went against his players (14) after St. Louis had been the least penalized team through the first three rounds of the postseason. Isabelle Khurshudyan, courant.com, "Stanley Cup Final shows there’s still room for ‘heavy’ hockey in NHL," 4 June 2019 After being penalized 17 times in the first three games, the Blues largely stayed out of the penalty box in Game 4 and killed off both of Boston’s power play opportunities. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "St. Louis Blues take Game 4 to tie up Stanley Cup Final with Boston Bruins," 3 June 2019 But moving production to other locales would be costly and would penalize Georgia workers — many of them women — who depend on Hollywood for their livelihoods. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "Hollywood Producer Seeks to Raise Funds to Battle Anti-Abortion Laws," 3 June 2019 Six years ago, the Federal Trade Commission decided against penalizing Google even though the agency’s staff said the company was unlawfully maintaining a monopoly in search and search advertising. latimes.com, "Google, facing U.S. antitrust probe, has a battle plan ready from its EU fight," 3 June 2019 Drugmakers that violated the price-listing rule would be penalized by being named on a list issued by HHS – and possibly by legal action, the officials said. Carolyn Y. Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Drugmakers may have to disclose prices of medicine in television ads," 15 Oct. 2018 As a Vatican secretariat of state at the time, Viganò advocated that the then-cardinal be penalized. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Former Vatican diplomat calls for Pope Francis to resign, claims he ignored sex abuse allegations," 26 Aug. 2018 While the substance may have not been immediately recognizable, there has to be something identified in Edelman’s system to draw a suspension, because a player cannot be penalized for an unknown substance. Profootballdoc, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Julian Edelman couldn't be suspended for unrecognizable substance," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of penalize

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of penalize was in 1888

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penalize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of penalize

: to punish (someone or something) for breaking a rule or a law
: to give (someone) an unfair disadvantage

penalize

verb
pe·​nal·​ize | \ ˈpē-nə-ˌlīz How to pronounce penalize (audio) , ˈpe-\
penalized; penalizing

Kids Definition of penalize

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

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