Meaning of “disabled” in the English Dictionary

"disabled" in British English

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disabledadjective

uk /dɪˈseɪ.bəld/ us /dɪˈseɪ.bəld/

B1 not having one or more of the physical or mental abilities that most people have:

The accident left him severely disabled.

B1 [ before noun ] specially relating to or intended for disabled people:

The library does not have disabled access.

More examples

  • How would disabled people escape in an emergency?
  • Parking restrictions do not extend to disabled people.
  • The new law should allow more disabled people to enter the mainstream of American life.
  • They cared for their disabled son for 27 years, at great personal sacrifice.
  • We hope our work will help to change popular misconceptions about disabled people.

disablednoun [ plural ]

uk /dɪˈseɪ.bəld/ us /dɪˈseɪ.bəld/
the disabled

people who are disabled:

It is often very difficult for the disabled to find jobs.

(Definition of “disabled” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"disabled" in American English

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disabledadjective

us /dɪsˈeɪ·bəld/

lacking one or more of the physical or mental abilities that most people have:

a disabled war veteran
US law requires that all public buildings be accessible to the disabled.
They opened a group home for mentally disabled adults.

(Definition of “disabled” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"disabled" in Business English

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disabledadjective

uk /dɪˈseɪbld/ us

not having one or more of the physical or mental abilities that most people have:

disabled customers.
Many meat packing workers say the work is so physically hard that they become disabled after only a few years.

[ before noun ] relating to or intended for disabled people:

disabled access/facilities/parking The factory has very limited disabled access.

disablednoun

uk /dɪˈseɪbld/ us
the disabled [ plural ]

people who are disabled:

He went on to invent 250 other products for the disabled, including eating and drinking aids and wheelchair gadgets.

(Definition of “disabled” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)