Pronunciation: (pēn'l-īz", pen'-), [key]
—v.t., -ized, -iz•ing.
1. to subject to a penalty, as a person.
2. to declare (an action, deed, etc.) punishable by law or rule.
3. to put under a disadvantage or handicap. Also, esp. Brit.,pe'nal•ise".
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