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penalize

[ peen-l-ahyz, pen- ]
/ 藞pin l藢a瑟z, 藞p蓻n- /
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verb (used with object), pe路nal路ized, pe路nal路iz路ing.
to subject to a penalty, as a person.
to declare (an action, deed, etc.) punishable by law or rule.
to put under a disadvantage or handicap.
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Also especially British, pe路nal路ise .

Origin of penalize

First recorded in 1865鈥70; penal + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM penalize

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British Dictionary definitions for penalize

penalize

penalise

/ (藞pi藧n蓹藢la瑟z) /

verb (tr)
to impose a penalty on (someone), as for breaking a law or rule
to inflict a handicap or disadvantage on
sport to award a free stroke, point, or penalty against (a player or team)
to declare (an act) legally punishable; make subject to a penalty

Derived forms of penalize

penalization or penalisation, noun
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