verb (used with object), pe·nal·ized, pe·nal·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.

verb (tr)

  1. to impose a penalty on (someone), as for breaking a law or rule
  2. to inflict a handicap or disadvantage on
  3. sport to award a free stroke, point, or penalty against (a player or team)
  4. to declare (an act) legally punishable; make subject to a penalty

v.chiefly British English spelling of penalize; for suffix, see -ize. Related: Penalised; penalising. v.1868, from penal + -ize. Related: Penalized; penalizing.

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