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Meaning of penalize

pe•nal•ize

Pronunciation: (pēn'l-īz", pen'-), [key]
— -ized, -iz•ing.
  1. to subject to a penalty, as a person.
  2. to declare (an action, deed, etc.) punishable by law or rule.
  3. to put under a disadvantage or handicap.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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