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handicap

hand·i·cap

handicap

 
 
pronunciation:
haen di kaep
parts of speech:
noun, verb
part of speech: noun
definition: anything that makes things harder or keeps a person from doing better.
Despite the handicap of being blind, she graduated from college.His greatest handicap is not believing in himself.
synonyms:
disability, disadvantage
similar words:
check, curb, drawback
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: handicapped, handicapping, handicaps
definition: to put someone at a disadvantage.
His fear of speaking up handicapped him in class.
antonyms:
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