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penalize

verb
     
pe‧nal‧ize also penalise British English [transitive]
1 to punish someone or treat them unfairly
penalize somebody for (doing) something
Two students were penalized very differently for the same offence.
Women feel professionally penalized for taking time off to raise children.
2 to punish a team or player in sports by giving an advantage to the other team:
The team was penalized for wasting time.

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