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Meaning of HANDICAP

Pronunciation:  'handee`kap

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  advantage given to a competitor to equalize chances of winning
  2. [n]  something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
  3. [n]  the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness; "reading disability"; "hearing impairment"
  4. [v]  injure permanently; "He was disabled in a car accident"
  5. [v]  put at a disadvantage; "The brace I have to wear is hindering my movements"
  6. [v]  attempt to forecast the winner (esp. in a horse race) and assign odds for or against a contestant

HANDICAP is a 8 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: balk, baulk, check, deterrent, disability, disable, disablement, hamper, hinder, hindrance, impairment, impediment, incapacitate, invalid
 See Also: advantage, albatross, amputation, anorgasmia, astasia, bad condition, bandy legs, bias, bind, bow leg, bow legs, bowleg, descensus, difficulty, disability of walking, disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour, dysomia, genu valgum, genu varum, hearing impairment, hearing loss, hypesthesia, hypoesthesia, injure, knock-knee, millstone, obstacle, obstruction, pigeon toes, poor shape, prolapse, prolapsus, tibia valga, tibia vara, unfitness, vantage, vision defect, visual defect, visual disorder, visual impairment, wound



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hand"i*cap\, n. [From hand in cap; -- perh. in
    reference to an old mode of setting a bargain by taking
    pieces of money from a cap.]
    1. An allowance of a certain amount of time or distance in
       starting, granted in a race to the competitor possessing
       inferior advantages; or an additional weight or other
       hindrance imposed upon the one possessing superior
       advantages, in order to equalize, as much as possible, the
       chances of success; as, the handicap was five seconds, or
       ten pounds, and the like.
    2. 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.
    3. An old game at cards. [Obs.] --Pepys.
  2. \Hand"i*cap\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Handicapped}; p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Handicapping}.]
    To encumber with a handicap in any contest; hence, in
    general, to place at disadvantage; as, the candidate was
    heavily handicapped.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you or someone is handicap, symbolizes your own weakness and neediness. You are confronted with many challenges and need to utilize your full potential. Consider which part of your body is handicap and its symbolism. Alternatively, it suggests that you are becoming too arrogant for your own good. You need to be more humble.
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