Meaning of “disqualify” in the English Dictionary

"disqualify" in British English

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disqualifyverb [ T ]

uk /dɪˈskwɒl.ɪ.faɪ/ us /dɪˈskwɑː.lə.faɪ/

C2 to stop someone from being in a competition or doing something because they are unsuitable or they have done something wrong:

Two top athletes have been disqualified from the championship after positive drug tests.
UK He's been disqualified from driving for a year.
disqualification
noun [ C or U ] uk /dɪˌskwɒl.ɪ.fɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us /dɪˌskwɑː.lə.fəˈkeɪ.ʃən/

The fans' bad behaviour has resulted in the disqualification of their team from the championship.

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

"disqualify" in American English

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disqualifyverb [ T ]

us /dɪsˈkwɑl·əˌfɑɪ/

to take away from someone the ability to do or play a part in something because that person is unsuitable or has done something wrong:

He was disqualified from competing in the games.
disqualification
noun [ C/U ] us /dɪsˌkwɑl·ə·fɪˈkeɪ·ʃən/

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

"disqualify" in Business English

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disqualifyverb [ T ]

uk /dɪˈskwɒlɪfaɪ/ us

to officially stop someone from being in a competition or doing something because they are not suitable or they have done something wrong:

Of the enlistees who signed up last month, 12.3% required waivers for past criminal activity that would have disqualified them for service.
be disqualified from sth/doing sth An ex-convict can't be disqualified from public employment based solely on a prior conviction.
disqualification
noun [ C or U ] /dɪˌskwɒlɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/ /-ˌskwɑːlə-/

The Chair of the Board shall have authority to order the disqualification of a Governor appointed under this ruling.
I will bring forward legislative proposals to enable us to handle the disqualification of unfit directors more efficiently and effectively.

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