[ dis-kwol-uh-fahy ]
See synonyms for: disqualifydisqualified on Thesaurus.com

verb (used with object),dis·qual·i·fied, dis·qual·i·fy·ing.
  1. to deprive of qualification or fitness; render unfit; incapacitate.

  2. to deprive of legal, official, or other rights or privileges; declare ineligible or unqualified.

  1. Sports. to deprive of the right to participate in or win a contest because of a violation of the rules.

Origin of disqualify

First recorded in 1710–20; dis-1 + qualify

Other words from disqualify

  • dis·qual·i·fi·a·ble, adjective
  • non·dis·qual·i·fy·ing, adjective
  • un·dis·qual·i·fi·a·ble, adjective
  • un·dis·qual·i·fied, adjective

Words that may be confused with disqualify

Words Nearby disqualify

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use disqualify in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for disqualify


/ (dɪsˈkwɒlɪˌfaɪ) /

verb-fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to make unfit or unqualified

  2. to make ineligible, as for entry to an examination

  1. to debar (a player or team) from a sporting contest

  2. to divest or deprive of rights, powers, or privileges: disqualified from driving

Derived forms of disqualify

  • disqualifiable, adjective
  • disqualification, noun
  • disqualifier, noun

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012