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pi n@ laIz  [or]  pe n@ laIz

transitive verb
1.  to inflict a penalty on (a person or group).
The skater was penalized for omitting a required jump.
The judge penalized the company for unfair hiring practices.

2.  to declare punishable or inflict a punishment for (an act, offense, or the like).
This type of offense is penalized severely in this state.

3.  to impose a disadvantage or handicap on.
The educational system penalizes children whose parents are unwilling or incapable of giving them extra help.

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