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verb [transitive] penalize pronunciation in British English /ˈpiːnəlaɪz/
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present tense
I/you/we/theypenalize
he/she/itpenalizes
present participlepenalizing
past tensepenalized
past participlepenalized
  1. 1
    to treat someone in an unfair way and make them have a disadvantage
    penalize someone for (doing) something: Women should not be penalized financially for looking after their children.
  2. 2
    to punish someone for breaking a rule or law
    penalize someone for (doing) something: The company could be penalized £10,000 for each environmental violation.
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