1. To inflict pain upon, by means of stripes, or in any other manner, for the purpose of punishment or reformation; to punish.
2. To reduce to order or obedience; to correct or purify; to free from faults or excesses.
Alternate (chiefly British) spelling of
ETYM Colloq. or Slang.
To impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on; SYN. penalize.