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Noun: handicap  'han-dee,kap
  1. The condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness
    "reading handicap";
    - disability, disablement, impairment
  2. Advantage given to a competitor to equalize chances of winning
  3. Something that interferes with (or delays) action or progress
    - hindrance, hinderance, deterrent, impediment, balk, baulk [Brit], check
Verb: handicap (handicapped,handicapping)  'han-dee,kap
  1. Injure permanently
    "He was handicapped in a car accident";
    - disable, invalid, incapacitate
  2. Attempt to forecast the winner (especially in a horse race) and assign odds for or against a contestant
  3. Put at a disadvantage
    "The brace I have to wear is handicapping my movements";
    - hinder, hamper

Derived forms: handicapped, handicapping, handicaps

Type of: advantage, bias, difficultness, difficulty, disadvantage, disfavor [US], disfavour [Brit, Cdn], fix [informal], hole [informal], injure, jam [informal], kettle of fish [informal], mess [informal], muddle [informal], pickle [informal], skew, softness, unfitness, vantage, wound

Encyclopedia: Handicap