To subject to a penalty, especially for infringement of a law or official regulation. See Synonyms at punish.(verb-transitive)
To impose a handicap on; place at a disadvantage.(verb-transitive)
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Use "penalize" in a sentence
"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."