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Meaning & Definition of Handicap in English

English

Handicap

/hændikæp/

noun

1. The condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness

  • "Reading disability"
  • "Hearing impairment"
    synonym:
  • disability
  • ,
  • disablement
  • ,
  • handicap
  • ,
  • impairment

2. Advantage given to a competitor to equalize chances of winning

    synonym:
  • handicap

3. Something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

    synonym:
  • hindrance
  • ,
  • hinderance
  • ,
  • deterrent
  • ,
  • impediment
  • ,
  • balk
  • ,
  • baulk
  • ,
  • check
  • ,
  • handicap

verb

1. Injure permanently

  • "He was disabled in a car accident"
    synonym:
  • disable
  • ,
  • invalid
  • ,
  • incapacitate
  • ,
  • handicap

2. Attempt to forecast the winner (especially in a horse race) and assign odds for or against a contestant

    synonym:
  • handicap

3. Put at a disadvantage

  • "The brace i have to wear is hindering my movements"
    synonym:
  • handicap
  • ,
  • hinder
  • ,
  • hamper