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Definition of penalize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈpɛnlˌaɪz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they penalize
    he / she / it penalizes
    past simple penalized
    -ing form penalizing
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  1. 1penalize somebody (for something) to punish someone for breaking a rule or law by making them suffer a disadvantage You will be penalized for poor spelling.
  2. 2to punish someone for breaking a rule in a sport or game by giving an advantage to their opponent penalize somebody (for something) He was penalized for high-sticking. penalize something Foul play will be severely penalized.
  3. 3penalize somebody to put someone at a disadvantage by treating them unfairly The new law appears to penalize the poorest members of society. He felt penalized because of his age.
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