Associations to the word «Handicap»


HANDICAP, noun. Something that prevents, hampers, or hinders.
HANDICAP, noun. An allowance of a certain amount of time or distance in starting, granted in a race (or other contest of skill) to the competitor possessing disadvantages; or an additional weight or other hindrance imposed upon the one possessing advantages, in order to equalize, as much as possible, the chances of success.
HANDICAP, noun. (sometimes considered offensive) The disadvantage itself, in particular physical or mental disadvantages of people.
HANDICAP, noun. A race, for horses or men, or any contest of agility, strength, or skill, in which there is an allowance of time, distance, weight, or other advantage, to equalize the chances of the competitors.
HANDICAP, noun. (obsolete) (card game) An old card game.
HANDICAP, verb. (transitive) To encumber with a handicap in any contest.
HANDICAP, verb. (transitive) (by extension) To place at disadvantage.
HANDICAP, verb. To estimate betting odds.

Dictionary definition

HANDICAP, noun. The condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness; "reading disability"; "hearing impairment".
HANDICAP, noun. Advantage given to a competitor to equalize chances of winning.
HANDICAP, noun. Something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress.
HANDICAP, verb. Injure permanently; "He was disabled in a car accident".
HANDICAP, verb. Attempt to forecast the winner (especially in a horse race) and assign odds for or against a contestant.
HANDICAP, verb. Put at a disadvantage; "The brace I have to wear is hindering my movements".

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