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English definition of “disqualify”

disqualify

verb [T]     /dɪˈskwɒl.ɪ.faɪ/ US  /-ˈskwɑː.lə-/
C2 to stop someone from being in a competition or doing something because they are unsuitable or they have done something wrong: He's been disqualified from driving for a year. Two top athletes have been disqualified from the championship after positive drug tests.Forbidding and banning thingsPunishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating disqualification     /dɪˌskwɒl.ɪ.fɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ US  /-ˌskwɑː.lə-/ noun [C or U] The fans' bad behaviour has resulted in the disqualification of their football team from the championship.Forbidding and banning thingsPunishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating
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