penalize - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
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.

    1. a.
      to punish a sports team or player by giving an advantage to the other team or player