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English definition of “penalty”

penalty

noun [C]     /ˈpenəlti/
PUNISHMENT B2 a punishment for doing something which is against a law or rule : There's a £50 penalty for late cancellation of tickets .Punishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating
SPORTS ADVANTAGE B2 in sports , an advantage given to a team when the opposing team has broken a rule : They won a penalty in the first five minutes of the game . a penalty goal / kick → See also death penaltyAdvantage and disadvantageRefereeing and judging in sportGeneral terms used in ball sports
(Definition of penalty noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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