verb (used with object), hand·i·capped, hand·i·cap·ping.
- to attempt to predict the winner of (a contest, especially a horse race), as by comparing past performances of the contestants.
- to assign odds for or against (any particular contestant) to win a contest or series of contests:He handicapped the Yankees at 2-to-1 to take the series from the Cardinals.
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OTHER WORDS FROM handicapnon·hand·i·cap, nouno·ver·hand·i·cap, verb (used with object), o·ver·hand·i·capped, o·ver·hand·i·cap·ping.pre·hand·i·cap, noun, verb (used with object), pre·hand·i·capped, pre·hand·i·cap·ping.
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How to use handicap in a sentence
If the horses hold true to form, this one won’t be tough to handicap.Road to the Kentucky Derby arrives at Wood Memorial, Santa Anita Derby and Blue Grass Stakes|Neil Greenberg|April 2, 2021|Washington Post
Floor plates will extend from the center to the outside perimeter in various configurations, offering what looks to be a warren of green zones and sitting areas, as well as handicap access to the exterior of the building.The Helix is a distraction. Amazon’s new headquarters will change more than just its Arlington neighborhood.|Philip Kennicott|February 18, 2021|Washington Post
That could prove a severe handicap as the president-elect’s team prepares to take office amid a slew of threats from digital adversaries, including Russia, China and Iran.
Dwayne’s at a little bit of a handicap because he’s only been in the system a year, where Kyle’s been in it for three.Dwayne Haskins remains Washington’s third-string QB, but Ron Rivera hasn’t given up on him|Nicki Jhabvala|November 4, 2020|Washington Post
“Lack of forward firing ordnance in a CAS supporting aircraft is a major handicap,” he added.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019|Dave Majumdar|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Unprepared, and a laughingstock because of his handicap, Yarvi is bullied on every front—even by his mother.
If the rest of us have had trouble catching up to Robespierre and crew, well, we are starting from a bit of a handicap.Why Deny the Obvious: Hollywood’s Backward Stance on Abortion|Teo Bugbee|June 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The handicap, after some needling back and forth, was fixed at eight strokes.
McLean listened to the stranger's mild appeal for a ten-stroke handicap.
An absence of ducats, coupled with the necessity of getting my handicap down to ten, has prevented my speaking ere this.First Plays|A. A. Milne
We have laboured under a terrible handicap owing to an almost fatal departure from the Swadeshi spirit.Third class in Indian railways|Mahatma Gandhi
"Old John" could give Walter Winchel a handicap of twenty words a minute and then beat him at his own game.
The event of the season was the handicap race for the Cup given by the Queen, which took place on August 10.Yachting Vol. 2|Various.
He might yet accomplish big things although he was under a terrific handicap—and he might not.The Winning Clue|James Hay, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for handicap
- a contest, esp a race, in which competitors are given advantages or disadvantages of weight, distance, time, etc, in an attempt to equalize their chances of winning
- the advantage or disadvantage prescribed
verb -caps, -capping or -capped (tr)
- to attempt to forecast the winner of (a contest, esp a horse race)
- to assign odds for or against (a contestant)