Penalize meaning

pēnə-līz, pĕnə-
To subject to a penalty, especially for the infringement of a rule or regulation.
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To impose a handicap on; place at a disadvantage.

Was penalized by his poor education.

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To make punishable; set a penalty for (an offense, etc.)
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To impose a penalty on; specif., to subject to a handicap in a contest as penalty for the infraction of a rule.
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To put at a disadvantage.
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(sports) To impose a handicap on.
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Origin of penalize

  • From penal +"Ž -ize.

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