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handicap

noun [C]  us   /ˈhæn·diˌkæp/

handicap noun [C] (PHYSICAL CONDITION)

a physical or mental condition that makes ordinary activities more difficult than they are for other people: His loss of hearing was a severe handicap.

handicap noun [C] (DIFFICULTY)

something that causes unusual difficulties: Their lack of knowledge of computer programming was not much of a handicap for them.

handicap noun [C] (DISADVANTAGE)

(in a sports competition) a disadvantage given to a strong competitor in order to give weaker competitors a better chance of winning: a golf handicap

handicap

verb [T]  /ˈhæn·diˌkæp/ (-pp-)
to make something unusually difficult: Rescue efforts have been handicapped by bad weather.
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