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noun [countable] handicap pronunciation in American English /ˈhændiˌkæp/
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  1. 1
    old-fashioned a physical or mental injury or illness that is severe and permanent. This word is now considered offensive and it is more polite to say that someone has a disability
  2. 2
    a disadvantage that prevents you from doing something well

    They told me that my lack of experience was a handicap.

    handicap to:

    His wild past could be a handicap to his ambitions.

    handicap of:

    Thousands of people suffer the handicap of not being able to read or write properly.

  3. 3
    in golf, extra shots that a weaker player is allowed to take in order to make a competition fairer. As a player improves, the number of extra shots that they are allowed to take is reduced.
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