American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To subject to a penalty, especially for infringement of a law or official regulation. See Synonyms at punish.
- v. To impose a handicap on; place at a disadvantage.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lay under a penalty, in ease of violation, falsification, or the like: said of regulations, statements, etc.; subject, expose, or render liable to a penalty: said of persons. Also spelled penalise.
- To affix what amounts to a penalty to some act that is not in itself a penal offense; to subject to a disadvantage; handicap.
- v. transitive To subject to a penalty, especially for the infringement of a rule or regulation.
- v. transitive, sports To impose a handicap on.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make penal.
- v. (Sport.), engraving To put a penalty on. See Penalty, 3.
- v. impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on
- From penal + -ize. (Wiktionary)
“I will vote for him with or without her (yes i would like her on the ticket .... but will not "penalize" him if he does not pick her).”
“Some might argue an off-peak plan could "penalize" riders who have no choice but to ride at peak hours, like those with a fixed work schedule.”
“For all you Mc-haters out there, Denver may be passing provocative legislation that will financially "penalize" builders of mega-sized houses.”
“This administrator further indicated that 75-80 percent of students do take "3 years of math and science", but then indicated that it would "penalize" the remaining 25% to require them to do it.”
“A lot of them, you know, John Travolta and Tommy Lee Jones -- you don't get the sense of, you know, wanting to kind of penalize an actor or a star whereas there's been a lot of bitterness about CEOs because the sense is that there's a public trust aspect to it.”
“Note that progressives here are unthinkingly using the standard Republican framing of taxation issues -- a bicycle fee would "penalize" the "worthy" among us -- as well as fulminating in faux populist us vs. them terms.”
“A large number of allottees of DDA Housing Scheme 2008, who argue that they had applied through genuine papers, have appealed to the union urban development ministry and the agency not to "penalize" them for the acts of some persons who indulged in fraudulent activities.”
“Is it fair to "penalize" parties that have their supposed "acts together" (ie, lots of rich backers) and can raise lots of money?”
“It rewards those who simply exist and punishes those that produce, with all due respect to Mr. Obama's declaration that he doesn't want to "penalize" that Ohio plumber.”
“So, you know, when we talk about things like the love letters, it's a reminder to all of us that one approach for the D. A.'s office -- and we've seen it in the Scott Peterson matter for the last ten months -- is to leak all of the evidence they have and to get as many stories out there as they can to kind of penalize the defendant and help potential jurors to make up their minds ahead of time.”
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