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[peen-l-ahyz, pen-] /ˈpin lˌaɪz, ˈpɛn-/
verb (used with object), penalized, penalizing.
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.
Also, especially British, penalise.
Origin of penalize
1865-70; penal + -ize
Related forms
penalizable, adjective
penalization, noun
nonpenalized, adjective
overpenalization, noun
overpenalize, verb (used with object), overpenalized, overpenalizing.
repenalize, verb (used with object), repenalized, repenalizing.
unpenalized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for penalize
  • Don't penalize those of us who do the responsible thing and keep their dogs under control.
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  • Generate no public-sector jobs, then penalize people for falling into debt.
  • If manufacturers did not take action, regulations could penalize them for models that display unacceptable rates of failure.
  • You're proposal seems also to penalize the elites for the supposed betterment of the proles.
  • The mathematical portions penalize those who have not brushed up on high school algebra and geometry.
  • Umpires, the rule goes on, are required to penalize a pitcher by calling a ball every time it takes too long to deliver a throw.
  • If you fail to pay your bill on time, then the credit card company can still generally penalize you as much as it likes.
  • Ratings could also penalize companies for belonging to organizations that undermine climate change regulation.
  • If the evidence supports it, and not all preventative medicine is evidence based, you can penalize people for not doing it.
British Dictionary definitions for penalize


verb (transitive)
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
penalization, penalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for penalize

1868, from penal + -ize. Related: Penalized; penalizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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