how to pronounce penalty


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The above transcription of penalty is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association. You can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

penalty is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of penalty in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… you pay a penalty you don't get a reward …”

meanings of penalty


  1. A punishment for violating rules of procedure.
  2. A punishment for an infraction of the rules, often in the form of being removed from play for a specified amount of time.
  3. A legal sentence.
  4. In sports.
  5. A payment forfeited for an early withdrawal from an account or an investment.
  6. A direct free kick from the penalty spot, taken after a defensive foul in the penalty box; a penalty kick.

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