penalize

verb pe·nal·ize \ ˈpē-nə-ˌlīz , ˈpe- \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of penalize

penalized; penalizing
transitive verb
1 :to inflict a penalty on
2 :to put at a serious disadvantage

penalization

play \ˈpē-nə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Examples of penalize in a Sentence

  1. The company was penalized for not paying taxes.

  2. The hockey player was penalized for holding.

  3. This law would unfairly penalize immigrants.

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First Known Use of penalize

1888


PENALIZE Defined for English Language Learners

penalize

verb

Definition of penalize for English Language Learners

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

  • : to give (someone) an unfair disadvantage


PENALIZE Defined for Kids

penalize

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

Definition of penalize for Students

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


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