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.

penalty frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word penalty occurs in english on average 11.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics penalty can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that penalty can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

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