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English definition of “penalize”
/ˈpiːnəlaɪz/ verb [T]
› to treat someone or something in a way that gives them a disadvantage: The current tax system penalizes people on low incomes. The stock was penalized because Wall Street believed the company's financials would come in below expectations.
› LAW to punish someone for failing to obey a rule, law, etc.: Several major cities are introducing measures that penalize big polluters.penalize sb for sth The legislation penalized China for manipulating its currency to gain trade advantages.